Stewart County Fire Rescue
 

FREE SMOKE ALARMS AVAILABLE

Sunday, March 16, 2014  Free smoke alarms are now available to residents of Stewart County that do not have alarms in their homes!! Our personnel will come deliver and install the alarms free of charge!! If you would like to get on the list to receive smoke alarms please contact us at cmathis@stewartcogov.com or call 931-232-3014. Quantities are limited so this will be on a first come first serve basis.  

   


 

SCFR LEARNS OF NEW ISO RATING CRITERIA

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  Members of the Stewart County Fire & Rescue Board of Directors are unclear about the effects that changes in the Insurance Service Organization (ISO) fire suppression rating schedule will make to the local service and its rating.

According to Training Officer Clint Mathis, SCFR will continue to do its self-assessment to identify and correct areas of weakness within the all-volunteer department.

The system

Mathis explained that in July of 2013, the fire suppression rating system (FSRS) was revamped and modernized, but many fire services are only now receiving their training.

According to the ISO, the FSRS “measures the major elements of a community’s fire protection service and develops a numerical grading called a ‘Public Protection Classification,’ (PPC).”

Major elements include emergency communications (including dispatch and radios), worth 10 points; fire department (including typos and numbers of equipment, personnel training, etc.), worth 50 points; and water supply, worth 40 points. And additional 5.5 bonus points can be earned in the community risk reduction classification, which includes fire prevention code adoption and enforcement, public fire safety education and fire investigation.

The more points that are scored, the lower the 1-10 rating, which may translate into increased fire insurance savings for those living within a given distance of a fire station.

Currently, Stewart County has a very respectable ISO rating of 6.

What's new Mathis said some of the changes in the ISO rules are definitely for the better.

For example, those currently within five driving miles of a fire station receive the insurance discounts, but when fire services are re-rated under the new guidelines, that may go to 7.5 miles.

The bonus points are new as well.

Others may be hard for Stewart County and other rural, volunteer departments to manage.

“To get the maximum number of points, all firefighters must have 192 hours of training per year,” Mathis said.

For volunteers who are using vacation hours from work to do the training, this may be unattainable.

“The good part is that it’s not an all-or-nothing thing,” said Mathis. “You still get points depending on how much training firefighters have, even if it does not reach 192 hours.”

Another change that might hurt is how they count personnel.

“These were really written for career departments, and they were just adapted for volunteer departments,” he said. “Under the new rules, one career personnel equals three volunteers.”

Mathis said ISO inspections used to be done every 12-13 years. Now they are done every 3-4 years, which, in the scheme of things, may be better. Those being inspected are given only 3-4 weeks’ notice, so departments must continually work to keep their departments in good shape. Likewise, if the inspections come sooner, then a department cannot fall too far in disarray before it is noticed.

The Board The SCFR Board heard about the changes at a Feb. 28 meeting, but there was not a lot of comment, as board members were still in the process of digesting what they were learning.

The department has about 50-55 volunteers now, down from a high of 120 several years ago. Increased demands on firefighters, whether from work, home or training, may be part of the reason for the slump.

But it is still a vibrant department that has a new, grant-funded fire station going up in the northeast part of the county that will consolidate and help strengthen some of the smaller fire stations out in the county.

“No one wants to see the ISO rating go down,” said Mathis, “so I suppose we will pitch in and do what we need to do.”

Bonnie Lill, 931-232-5421 
Reporter, The Stewart Houston Times 


blill@gannett.com 

   


 

SCFR STATION 9 CONDUCTS FIRE SAFETY

Sunday, September 1, 2013  On Labor Day Station 9 Firefighters Shelly Torok, Jim Bumpus, and EMR Donna Williams conducted a hands-on fire safety class for kids and their parents. The idea behind the class was to promote fire prevention and safety to the community. Young children are most vulnerable to fire so the class covered fire safety issues, such as the hazards of playing with matches, stop/drop/roll, and the proper procedures on vacating a burning building, etc. Each child also had a chance to explore the fire trucks with explanations given on how each apparatus works during a fire call. The favorite part of the class was spraying the fire hose.



     



 

SCFR APPOINTS NEW OFFICERS

Monday, July 22, 2013  On 7/18/13 SCFR appointed several new officers, their names and positions are as follows:


Captains: 
District 1 .......... Phillip Myers
District 2 .......... Patrick Dwyer
District 3 .......... Archie Cryer

Lieutenants:
Station 1 .......... Chuck Gant
Station 4 .......... Kelly Walden 
Station 5 .......... Ray Richardson 
Station 6 .......... John Downs
Station 7 .......... Eric Watkins
Station 9 .......... Shelly Torok
Station 10 ........ Harold Chester
Station 12 ......... Jeff Welker
Station 13 ......... Ethan Luffman





Congratulations!!!



   


 

SCFR FIREFIGHTERS ATTEND TFACA

Monday, July 1, 2013  SCFR FF's Eddie Puskas, Jamie Dennis, Patrick Dwyer, Samuel Mills, and Jason Kholase attended the TN Fire and Codes Academy FF I Live Burn Course during the weekend of June 29th and 30th. This 16hr course puts FF's through the full gamut of live firefighting. Congratulations guys, job well done!!

     



 

SCFR CONDUCTS BASIC FIREFIGHTER TRAINING

Monday, June 3, 2013  Stewart County Fire Rescue is currently conducting the 2013 Basic Firefighter Course. The course consists of 64 hours of training in fire suppression, ladders, ropes and knots, self contained breathing apparatus, and personal protective equipment. The course will conclude by the middle of June and then the recruits will attend the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy for a 22 hour Live Firefighting Course.

This year's students are:

Eddie Puskas

Sam Mills

Jason Kolhase

Shawn Phillips

Jamie Dennis

   


 

SCFR CONTAINS BRUSH FIRES

Thursday, February 7, 2013 1115 SCFR and DFD were dispatched to a large field fire behind Rose Ella Village on Anglin Ridge Road. When units arrived on scene they actually discovered four separate fires! Fire units were able to quickly contain the fires without damage to any structures. The fires are believed to have been intentionally set. If you have any information on these fires please contact the Stewart County Sheriff's Office.

   


 

FULLY INVOLVED

Thursday, January 3, 2013  SCFR responded to the first structure fire of the new year on Jan 3rd. The structure was fully involved when the fire was discovered by the owners. When SCFR units arrived on scene partial collapse had already occurred. No injuries were reported but the house was a total loss.

   


 

SCFR RESPONDS TO STRUCTURE FIRE

Friday, December 28, 2012  SCFR responded to a report of a structure fire in the 1300 block of Upper Standing Rock Rd. Upon arrival the fire was rapidly progressing through the structure and was already out the roof. Units from SCFR District 2 made a quick stop and had the fire knocked down in just a few minutes.  Even though the home suffered severe damage, the owner was able to salvage much of the contents and personal belongings. Units were on scene about 3 hours. No injuries were reported.

   


 

PICKUP vs SEMI ON DONELSON PKWY

Thursday, October 11, 2012  SCFR responded to a 2 vehicle MVA involving a pickup truck and a semi in a "head on" type collision. The incident occurred at around 3pm on Donelson Parkway near the Highway 232 intersection. The driver of the pickup truck experienced footwell entanglement and had to be extricated from the vehicle by SCFR and was then flown to VUMC. The driver of the semi was uninjured. SCFR Eng 129 and Rescue 1 responded to the incident.  

     



 
 
 

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