Stephens County Receiving Lower ISO Rating

Stephens County is seeing a drop in its ISO rating.

On Tuesday, Stephens County Volunteer Fire Chief Stacy Pulliam told county commissioners that the county’s ISO rating in many areas of unincorporated Stephens County is dropping from a 6 to a 5.

According to Pulliam, that “5” rating applies if a residence is both within five road miles of a volunteer fire department and within 1,000 feet of a hydrant.

Pulliam said that he is very proud of the work that the volunteer fire departments put in to achieve the lower rating.

“Every time you lower a point, it does not sound like a lot, but there is a lot that comes about in making that happen,” said Pulliam.

He went on to say that he and the other chiefs appreciate the support that the volunteer fire departments receive from the county commission.

As for what a lower ISO rating might mean, Pulliam said that homeowners could benefit from the lower number.

“There is going to be some savings that comes to the property owners,” said Pulliam, referring to homeowners’ insurance.

While many areas of the county are seeing their ISO rating drop, Pulliam said that some rural areas of the county though that do not meet the criteria regarding proximity to a fire department and a hydrant are still rated as a 9 or possibly a 10.

He said it is important to continue to work to lower the rating even further, both in areas of the county that are a 9 or 10, as well as in areas that are a 5.

County commissioners thanked Pulliam for his efforts and the efforts of the volunteer fire departments.