Lindrith/Llaves Fire Department’s ISO Rating Means More Funding and Lower Insurance Premiums for Residents

On June 26, the Rio Arriba County (RAC) Lindrith Llaves Volunteer Fire Department (LLVFD) received some great news. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission informed them that they received an Insurance Service Office (ISO) Rating of 8B. What does this mean for Lindrith? Well, for a department that formally rated at an ISO of 10, a low score, which is automatic when departments are first established, this significant improvement will result in an increase of funds from the Department of Finance Association (DFA) through the State Fire Marshal’s Office, by almost double.  Also, residents within a five-mile radius of the department can also expect a decrease in their insurance premiums, which is something LLVFD Fire Chief, Scott Gasser, says he is very happy about. 

“It’s been a really great project to work on,” said Chief Gasser. “I appreciate all the fire fighters, the staff, Mr. Jerome Sanchez, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office for participating and offering assistance in helping us. The community has been overwhelmingly supportive since the beginning of our young existence by contributing donations and moral support. I’m glad to see that this improvement will be something that they will benefit from. I’m very happy for the department and the community.”

According to RAC Fire Marshal, Jerome Sanchez, a fire department’s ISO rating is based on 3 factors: department administrative management, water supply within the community and receiving and handling fire alarms. LLVFD had its’ highest scores in receiving and handling fire alarms.

Sanchez added that he was proud of the LLVFD and has no doubt that things will only get better from here. “There is such a great cooperation from the volunteers and the community, when it comes to this department. It was a great joint effort and it pleases me to see everyone in that community benefit from this,” Sanchez said.

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-Erika L. Martinez,  July 2012