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THERE IS A NEW FIRE STATION IN TOWN

Montgomery County Emergency Services District 8 is responsible for providing fire protection and emergency medical first response to an area of approximately 53 square miles. and protects a population of about 65,000 residents as well as commuters and people that shop or work within the confines of the district.

early 2008 the ESD decided to allow a  fire protection contract to end with South Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department. and create an ESD operated fire department.

On April 1, 2009 the ESD operated Fire Department took over responsibility for the emergency services in the District as South Montgomery County Fire Department.

The department began as a 5-9/10 ISO classification and is currently an ISO class 1. They are one of less than 30 departments in Texas and one of less than 70 in the US with an ISO Class 1.

To help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties, insurance companies need reliable, up-to-date information about a community’s fire-protection services. ISO provides that information through the Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program.

ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). They then assign a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria.

By classifying communities’ ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.

ISO has extensive information on more than 47,000 fire-response jurisdictions.

ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC™) information plays an important part in the decisions insurers make affecting the underwriting and pricing of property insurance. In fact, most U.S. insurance companies — including the largest ones — use PPC information in one or more of the following ways:

  • to identify opportunities for writing new business
  • to manage the quality of community fire protection across their book of business
  • to review loss experience in various rating territories
  • to offer coverages and establish deductibles for individual homes and businesses

Insurance companies — not ISO — establish the premiums they charge to policyholders. The methodology a company uses to calculate premiums for property insurance may depend on the company’s fire loss experience, underwriting guidelines, and marketing strategy.

Here are some general guidelines to help you understand the benefits of improved PPC ratings for residents and businesses:

  • PPC may affect the underwriting and pricing for a variety of personal and commercial insurance coverages, including homeowners, mobile home, fine arts floaters, and commercial property (including business interruption).
  • Assuming all other factors are equal, the price of property insurance in a community with a good PPC is lower than in a community with a poor PPC.

This has helped the department build and get better over the years.

The original station 11-3 was put in service in 1974 as the volunteer station. Fire Administration moved into the new facility on May 18, 2015.

Saturday they held the grand opening for the residents, officials and other departments.

The station is located at 27900 Robinson Road. It is mainly responsible for serving the City of Oak Rigdge North, White Oak Estates, Chateau Woods and I-45.

The new station is 31,000 square feet in size and includes living quarters with 5 dorm rooms, a Battalion Chief Office, Lieutenant and watch office, FEMA rated safe room, weight room, 3 bays for trucks, a full maintenance bay. It also has a 4 story training tower, a Class A Burn Training Facility and flashover trainer.

Today Chief Hudson welcomed several political figures who spoke including Congressman Kevin Brady, Judge Craig Doyal, Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams, Montgomery County Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, Oak Ridge Mayor Pro Tem Clint McClaren and ESD President James Kelly.

The other stations in the South Montgomery County Fire Department are Station 1 at 335 Volunteer just off Sawdust Road and west of I-45. Station 2 at 30710 Aldine Westfield. Station 4 at 28830 Birnham Woods and Station 5 at 6425 Rayford Road near Riley Fuzzel.

 

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  1. conroe911

    Squirrel I have also fought fire in burn buildings of all types. No replacement for a “real fire” building to prepare our young firemen. They both have a place. My only little complaint on this deal is that the college and TWFD already have a ETC building that can by used by any dept. I see different agencies there quite often. Swat use it MCSO use it different FDs use it MCHD use it.
    Just my thoughts on it.
    I agree in the consolidation of different divisions running out of one building. TWFD did the same thing plus TWFD dispatches for all MOCO FDs

    They are not the best paid TWFD are better paid by a good bit

  2. supersquirrel

    So let’s clear some things up. Yes the station was expensive, commercial always is. You can’t compare a commercial building to a residential building. When you look at what is in the building the cost is justified. Crew quarters, weight room (ff fitness is important) training room (open to ANY department) administration, fire prevention, fire inspections, esd. If you were to build these separate of each other the cost would be greater than combining them.

    Now as for firefyter. You sound like someone who is jealous, fired or couldn’t get hired at this department. From what I know chief Hudson and his team have turned this department around to be one of the best in the county. To say it was a ISO 9 just a few years ago and now a 1 is all you have to say

    Conroe 911. The burn building you speak of is a natural gas building. The fire is real but unrealistic. The building at this station is the most realistic building you can get without burning down a house. Fire fighter training should be as realistic as possible. I have had experience in both types of buildings and the one here is the best. Better trained fire fighters are better fire fighters.

    Bbarr, where exactly is the bling? Are you speaking of the exterior stone and brick work? These buildings are built to be in service for 50 plus years. I cheaply built metal building just can’t do that. I would rather someone spend a little more money now on something that will last rather than rebuild stations every 20 years. Makes better fiscal sence. I for one don’t live in the disposable world that most Americans do.

    Also Bbarr, yes, this side of the county it wealthy due to the woodlands. This department has sales tax which means for every dollar spent at businesses in its territory they get money regardless of where they live. This helps off set the cost to the citizens it serves

  3. conroe911

    No comparison of the two.
    Sales tax does pay for most of it. Witch is monies raised from people that live outside the response territory of this house. Still there’s tones of overkill here no matter how you mix it. I could be totally wrong here but IMHO fire chiefs use these stations and apparatus as hey look at me resumes for a future job in larger departments. But I guess the citizens can atkeast be proud they have super nice equipment used in saving lives and property.

  4. bbarr

    So telling how the wealthier side of the county gets all the opulence and the poorer side (east county) just gets the basics. Kinda like comparing The Woodlands to Porter…. LOL

  5. conroe911

    Looks nice but man that’s some money spent there. I’ve seen a lot of that before at another station on the west side of 45 (WFD)

    Nice looking burn building although there is one of them also in Montgomery county very close to this district. North of 242 on I-45 feeder road.

  6. firefyter

    Waste of taxpayer money. No need to try to outdo neighboring depts for bragging rights. This is what happens when you hire wannabe fire chiefs from a junior varsity town with no experience.

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