Recently FFD held its Annual Meeting to elect officers for the 2021 term. This is the fifth year where FFD officers had to meet minimum requirements to hold their post and Firefighter 1 Pro Board Certification along with completion of the NIMS series. This provides that the department is going to led by firefighters who worked diligently to expand their base of training and earn the opportunity to hold an officer position. Also as is FFD tradition no officer holds more than one office and cannot be elected for both an administrative and chief/line position. This is a testament to the membership exhibiting the dedication to the department and the realization of the need to maintain the separation of duties.
This year also marks the thirteenth year of this group of Chief Officers.
Chief Joseph J. Stepansky (who is beginning the first year of his two year term), Deputy Chief Richard Lindsey, Assistant Chief Wilson Malloy, will be holding their respective offices which establishes a continuity of leadership. President Larry Stepansky is also entering his thirteenth year as the administrative head of the department.
The Officers for 2021 are as follows:
Department Administrative Officers:
President : Larry Stepansky, Sr.
Vice President : William Youmans
Secretary : Ashley Herring
Treasurer : Sandra Kuklis
Chief Joseph J. Stepansky
Deputy Chief Richard Lindsey'
Assistant Chief Wilson Malloy
Captain Nick Heffelfinger
Lieutenant James Darvell
Relief Association Officers:
President Larry Stepansky
Vice President William Kuklis
Secretary Barbara Tulanowski
Treasurer Cal Herring
Appointed officers will be announced at the January 2021 meeting.
Freeland Fire Department ISO Class 3
ISO is an acronym for Insurance Service Organization.
ISO rates fire departments on a scale of 1 through 10.
10 being the worst level of fire protection,and with 1 being the best.
ISO then publishes this rating to insurance carriers.
Many insurance companies use the ISO scale in determining rates for homeowner’s insurance.
As a matter of reference, out of 2,392 fire departments in Pennsylvania, only 155 are rated as Class 3. Also, only 16 departments are rated higher than 3.
Communities are rated from 1 -10 with one being the best and 10 allowing for no credit for fire service.
Statistical data on insurance losses bear out the relationship between excellent fire protection and low fire losses. By classifying a community’s ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire protection services.
The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. By securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.
The Freeland Fire Department is committed to saving lives and property by training firefighters, providing proper equipment, and an adequate supply of water provided by the Freeland Municipal Authority..
Members of the FFD and the FMA are understandably proud that their hard work has paid off.