Tomball - Magnolia Edition | July 2021

PUBLIC SAFETY Montgomery County ESDNo. 10 receives upgraded ISO rating

THE IMPROVED ISORATING INDICATES THAT ESD NO. 10HASQUALITYPERSONNEL, OPERATIONS ANDTHE CAPABILITYTOEFFECTIVELYSERVE OUR 165SQUAREMILE SERVICEAREA.”

JEFF HEVEY, MAGNOLIA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF

BY ANNA LOTZ

The district’s rating remains a 10 in regions of its service area where water is dicult to supply in a timely manner, Hevey said during a July 8 meeting of the ESD commissioners. A 2 out of 10 rating places the ESD in the top 4.5% of the nation and top 12% of Texas, according to the release, based on ISO data from 2018. The rating given by the ISO is key for personal and commercial insur- ance, according to the release. Com- munities serviced by a district with a higher rating—meaning a closer rating to 1—may receive lower insurance rates, according to the release. In formulating an ISO rating, the ISO reviews emergency communica- tions, the re department and water supply, according to the release. During the July 8 meeting, Hevey also said the district has managed to sta its nine stations consistently 24/7 since May, excluding one station

Montgomery County Emergency Services District No. 10, which contracts with the Magnolia Volun- teer Fire Department, announced an upgrade July 9 to its Insurance Services Oce rating. The district has upgraded its rating from a 3 to a 2 on a 10-point scale, according to a July 9 news release, meaning the district has achieved the second-highest classication given by the ISO once notication is received from the state re marshal’s oce. “The improved ISO rating indicates that ESD No. 10 has quality person- nel, operations and the capability to eectively serve our 165-square-mile service area,” Chief Je Hevey said in the release. “I am proud of the rating and look forward to making contin- ued improvements to advance ESD No. 10 even further.”

ESD No. 10 contracts with the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department to provide services, but is in the process of transitioning to become its own provider of re services. ANNA LOTZCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

that was without sta for 12 hours. Prior to Hevey’s appointment as chief in March, the district had several unmanned stations, Hevey said. The ESD board voted March 18 to notify the MVFD of terminating its contract, which began the ongoing process of transitioning to the ESD being the direct employer and pro- vider of services, which is anticipated to take place in January, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

Prior to the vote, the MVFD and ESD saw changes in leadership fol- lowing a lawsuit led by an assistant re chief alleging misconduct within the MVFD. Gary Vincent, the former re chief who was placed on admin- istrative leave and retired in March, pleaded guilty to abuse of ocial capacity May 26, Community Impact Newspaper reported. The ESD board began meeting twice monthly in June and will meet again Aug. 12.

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