It's time to review fire planning, everybody.
The *first* line of defense against fire is day-to-day prevention and safety awareness in every structure in our community.
The *last* line of defense, of course, is our Lindsborg Fire Department. LFD is a 20-member volunteer corps that fields about 75 calls each year in the city limits and in the county, too. Our firefighters maintain certification at level I or II and train twice a month at the Safety Center in the 300 block of East Lincoln. They rotate being on call 24/7.
In the gap is insurance. We pay for insurance just in case the worst happens.
Across America, insurance rates are set in part through rankings called fire protection classes. These rankings are based in part on firefighting equipment and training, water supply, and alarm/communication systems. Class 1 is best and Class 10 is least. Lindsborg's fire protection class is 5.
The Lindsborg Fire Department is trying to improve our local protection class. First order of business: a process called fire pre-planning in which the department maintains up-to-date building sketches (access, floor plans, alarms, sprinklers, utility shutoff locations) as well as charts of nearest hydrants and owner/occupant contact info. In mid April, Lindsborg Fire Department volunteers will begin visiting each building in the downtown area to collect key fire pre-planning information. We ask you to thank our local fire department crew members when they come to call -- and help them help us. Thanks!