The Oregon Fire Service has expressed growing frustration with the ISO. During the 2012 Spring Conference, several Fire Chiefs shared their experiences with the Board of Directors.
The Board continued to monitor the situation, working closely with the ISO National Director of Community Hazard Mitigation to find a solution. It became apparent that nothing will change with the ISO unless the OFCA took formal action.
The OFCA Board chartered the Fire Insurance Rating Taskforce on December 7, 2012…
The mission of the taskforce is “To evaluate and identify options for a credible science/performance based fire insurance rating system that assesses the ability of fire agencies to reduce the risk to both insurance agencies and property owners in Oregon.”
The following five goals were adopted:
1. Gather Insurance Services Office (ISO) experiences from Oregon fire agencies.
2. Provide support to member agencies preparing for, or engaged with, a grading process.
3. Evaluate the ability of the Insurance Services Office to deliver a credible science/performance based grading of fire agencies in Oregon.
4. Identify options for an insurance grading schedule for the Oregon Fire Service.
5. Establish a supervisory function of the grading process.
The Taskforce appreciates the 141 agencies who completed the survey capturing the Oregon ISO experience, this provided the necessary information to understand the scope of the issues and gave us the motivation to continue advancing Oregon’s concerns. The following documents are available for you to review the TaskFoce progress to date:
OFCA TASKFORCE UPDATE TO MEMBERS – MARCH 12, 2013
SURVEY RESULTS OF OREGON ISO EXPERIENCES
OFCA COMMENTS TO OREGON INSURANCE DIVISION ON NEW SCHEDULE – INTRODUCTION
OFCA COMMENTS TO OREGON INSURANCE DIVISION ON NEW SCHEDULE
DRAFT BEST PRACTICES DOCUMENT:
OFCA TASKFORCE CHARTER AND ASSIGNMENTS
If you have comments or suggestions please contact any member of the taskforce. We are working hard to find a solution to this problem.
Dan Petersen, Fire Chief, Jackson County Fire District 3, Chair
David Sellers, President, Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association
Doug Koellermeier, Deputy Chief, Bend Fire and Rescue
John Nohr, Deputy Chief, Portland Fire Bureau
Terry Ney, Fire Chief, Lane Fire Authority
Jim Wenzel, Fire Chief, Klamath Falls Fire District 1
John Buchanan, Fire Chief, Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue
Ted Kunze, Fire Chief, Canby Fire District
Brett Fillis, Fire Chief, Applegate Fire District 9
Mike Duyck, Fire Chief, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Devon Wells, Fire Chief, Hood River Fire & EMS
Mark Prince, Operations Chief, Hillsboro Fire
Margie Moulin, Director, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon
Kelly Dutra, Director, Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency
Chair Dan Petersen, Fire Chief
Jackson County Fire District 3
8383 Agate Rd, White City, OR 97503