Fire Department gets bump in its ISO rating

Plympton’s Fire Department has received a significant bump in its rating set by the independent Insurance Service Office, or ISO, which should lead to lower insurance premiums for local homeowners, according to Fire Chief Warren J. Borsari.

“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made. This is great for a town without a municipal water supply,” said Borsari.

The department brings its own water when it responds to a fire and is now capable of bringing 1,500 gallons on its first attack engine and another 4,500 gallons on its tanker truck, he said. For a major fire, the department typically calls in the tanker truck from Carver and use both trucks to shuttle water to the fire from local ponds and streams.


Borsari said his department moved up two full points on a scale of 1 to 10. He said three elements of fire suppression features were reviewed in the department’s first review in five years: emergency communication, fire department training and personnel, and water supply.

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Borsari, who is in his seventh year as chief, said he is thankful to town voters for approving improvements in staffing, equipment, and communications in recent years.

The ISO provides statistical information and advisory services to insurance companies.

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