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New ISO Rating for Lincoln County

Effective December 1, 2017 Lincoln County will have a new ISO (Insurance Services Organization) rating of 6/10 (six/ten). This rating means that if you live within five (5) road miles of one of the fire stations your insurance rating will carry a six (6). This is a major change from the current 7/7X (seven/ seven X) for the homes located with this allotted distance. If you live outside of the mandated five (5) road miles your insurance will be a ten (10), which is no change from the current rating. We are currently working with ISO to see what can be done to improve our rating for those who fall into the ten (10) rating and also trying to improve our county rating hopefully to a five (5). The next ISO study for Lincoln County will be in 2022.

CEMP Certification

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Home Fire Timeline

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At the EMA Conference in Chattanooga, Angela and I were presented with our Certified Emergency Manager Professional Certification. A definition of this certification is as follows: The Certified Emergency Management Program was created to raise and maintain professional standards in the State of Tennessee.  It is a program to certify basic competencies within the profession.  The intent of the program is to certify the education and experience of professionals from the proficiency level to senior level to advanced level.

We were given this award during a joint luncheon with the county mayors and commissioners who were also in Chattanooga for their conference. We were honored to have Mayor Newman and Commissioner Steve Graham join us and be a part of the awards ceremony.

Lincoln County Emergency EMA

The Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency is staffed with a director, deputy director and one secretary. Our responsibilities include planning, emergency policies and procedures that will help to make sure we are prepared for an event should it happen. Our office also has automatic weather notification equipment that sends out text messages or emails to department heads and industries. These notifications are sent based on receiving information from the National Weather Service out of Huntsville Alabama. We have ten tornado sirens located within the city and county. Homeland Security grants for Lincoln County are administered out of our office and we actively work with all local industries on hazard mitigation. Day to day operations of emergency management are overseen by the county mayor, a five member advisory committee made up of county commissioners and the EMA Director. All Volunteer services are under the oversight of the EMA director, who also serves as the county fire chief.

The Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Rescue is setup to cover the 570 square miles of Lincoln County. The directors are five members of the County Commission and the Fire Chief. All financial requests are filtered through this committee. There are twelve fire stations and two sub stations in Lincoln County each assigned an initial zone to cover but responding as needed to whatever call is received. There are approximately 160 members with two assistant chiefs. We have forty pieces of apparatus and since 2002 have been awarded through the FEMA Fire Fighters Grant Program over $612,000.00 worth of new equipment. All stations are radio dispatched through the 911 Center. Our stations are responsible for light duty rescue, hazardous material response, water and land rescue, vehicle extrication, response to medical calls with emergency medical responders in addition to working all structure fires in the county.

Emergency Services, FIRE, EMA, Police, in Lincoln County all work very well together, whether the incident happens in the city or the county. This is a great asset for the citizens of Lincoln County.

Questions or Comments

Submit the form below or call the office, (931)438-1575.