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Parsons receives upgraded rating for its fire protection services.

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Beginning April 1, 2015, The city's Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating will change from a four to a three.


An ISO rating evaluates how well a city responds to and fights fires.

"It's kind of like a grade, one through ten," said Jerry Clemens of Clemens Insurance Agency. 

The lower the number, the more efficient the fire services. Parsons is moving from a four to a three, a change Clemens says is good for the community.  

"For us being a small town we are, and we're a fire protection class three, that's very commendable to the parsons fire department," said Clemens.

Parsons new fire chief Jay Hawks says the lower number is the result of a lot of hard work.

"What were always trying to strive to do is get more training, get more equipment, have the qualified personal so we can do our job better," said Hawk.

Hawks says both the department and city have been working on the city's infrastructure,  including  improving the water system, purchasing new fire equipment, incorporating more training and updating the emergency communications systems.

"It just shows that we are making improvements and we've made some substantial improvements over the past 10 years," said Kari West with the city of Parsons.

When asked about the community's benefit from a lower ISO, Hawks says it will help to lower insurance premiums.

"It allows companies to come in, rest assured, that they are going to get good fire protection," he said.

Jerry Clemens, who has owned an insurance business in Parsons since 1985, says the ISO rating is one of many factors utilized in insurance rates.  
He says the city's improved ISO rating will likely save more commercial businesses money than individual home owners.  

"Maybe you'll save money, maybe you won't, but it's a great thing not only for your insurance, but safety of your home, knowing that your fire department is doing that much better than average," said Clemens.


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