It is once again my honor to present the Ebbetts Pass Fire District’s Annual Report which provides a summary of activity levels for the District throughout 2015.
2015 brought with it some very significant happenings both planned and unplanned.
The District’s 50th Anniversary celebration allowed us an opportunity to reflect on all of the growth our organization has experienced. In 1964 EPFD responded 35 times vs. 1061 in 2015. The open house in August displayed our current capabilities as well District history. We would like to thank all of the attendees that helped us celebrate this important milestone with us.
The Insurance Survey Office (ISO) conducted a 5 – 10 year evaluation of our firefighting capabilities in 2015. The survey evaluates a wide spectrum of contributing factors for fire suppression both currently and over the immediate past 3 years. The rating scale is from 1-9 with 1 being the best. Our previous rating had been a 4/9, a very respectable rating. We are very happy to acknowledge that our rating is now improved to a 2/2x effective February 2016. If you are an owner in our fire district please let your insurance carrier know about this change in order to take advantage of the better rating.
2015 certainly impacted our state with one of the most significant wildfire seasons of our time in large part due to back-to-back years of drought in the West. Our agency participated in fire engine strike teams and fire line paramedic deployments throughout the summer. The most challenging fire was without a doubt the Butte Fire this past September. The Fire consumed over 70,000 acres and destroyed nearly 500 homes in our county. Our District participated in the Butte Fire Operations and prepared for it to enter into our jurisdiction-we were fortunate it did not. Now as the incident continues into a recovery process we hope all that are impacted recover swiftly.
One of the most valuable 2015 relationship’s we are bringing forward with us into 2016 is the one we share with our community. We are so thankful for all the support we receive from all of you and are privileged to serve this wonderful community.
Respectfully, Michael Johnson, Fire Chief