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.