Fire Department Frequently Asked Questions
Q - I own a home at Possum Kingdom and my insurance company wants to know what our ISO rating is. What is "ISO" and what is our rating?
A - The ISO (Insurance Services Organization) is an advisory organization and the principal provider of rating and statistical information used by the insurance industry in the United States. Quality of public fire protection is one of the items of statistical information the ISO provides to the insurance industry.
Under the PPC (Public Protection Class) program, Possum Kingdom East Side has achieved a rating of 9/10 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the most desirable rating. Lower homeowner’s insurance rates may be available as we increase our PPC rating.
In order to qualify for a 9, your home must be within 5 road miles of the nearest fire station.
Note - Our new ISO rating 9/10 becomes effective on 10/1/2014.
You may consider contacting your insurance company to let them know that the new rating may affect your policy. To learn more, click here.
Q - Can I deduct my donation to the fire department from my Federal Income taxes?
A - Possum Kingdom Lake Volunteer Fire Department and EMS is a not for profit, charitable organization formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes. Check with the IRS or your tax preparer for any limits or restrictions.
Q - Who do I call if I want to burn a brush pile?
A - Before starting any controlled burn, you should call the Palo Pinto Dispatch Non-Emergency number (940) 659-2085. They will let you know if it is OK to burn. If a burn ban is in effect, you may only have a small fire for cooking or to provide warmth. All controlled burns are required to be completely out before sunset. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have an adequate water source and you must remain with the fire until it is out. If a controlled burn begins to spread - please call 911 immediately.
Q - I am interested in joining the fire department, how do I get more information?
A - We are a volunteer department and we always welcome new members. Our monthly business meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Main Fire Station on FM 2353 next to the Chamber of Commerce. Feel free to attend a meeting or click here for application information.
Q - Can I take a tour of the fire station?
A - Yes - the public is always welcome at our station when a member is present. Because we are a volunteer department, the station is not manned all the time but if you happen to be driving by and see one of us there, please stop in and say hello and we will be happy to show you around.