By ROB LARSON
Daily Press Staff Writer
As Artesia Fire Department Chief J.D. Hummingbird told the city council, receiving a letter a few weeks ago was one of the biggest high points of his career.
“We received a letter by snail mail the other day, just after the last council meeting, that the fire department was rated as an ISO Class 2,” Hummingbird said Tuesday. “For those of you who aren’t familiar with that rating, it’s one of the best. As of right now, it’s the best in the State of New Mexico.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.
The letter was a result of an Insurance Service Organization (ISO) inspection that took place in October 2012. The ISO inspections occur every 10 years to determine the department’s protection abilities. Fire Marshal James Abner said in July 2012 that having a better ISO rating (with 1 being the highest) could have a significant positive impact on property insurance rates throughout Artesia.
According to the chief, 18 months of preparation went into the review.