Midland Fire Department Ranks Number One In Fire Protection

Midland Fire Department Ranks Number One In Fire Protection

The department is one of 63 cities in the nation to hold the title.
MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- The Midland Fire Department provides some of the best fire protection in the nation. The Tall City celebrated this top honor Thursday. Being only one of 63 cities in the nation to hold the title, and with it comes lower insurance prices for homes and businesses.

I'm just very proud, I'm very proud for the accomplishment of our department," said Midland Fire Chief Robert Isbell.

The Midland Fire Department. Number one in fire protection.

"You have a safer city, that's what I'm most excited about," said State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.

One out of 23 fire departments in the state.

It's been a long road to get to this point and to see that their efforts paid off in this designation was really just a proud day," said Isbell.

Moving up one spot from the previous year, where they were rated number two, but the department made changes to earn the top spot.

"We have added additional personnel and equipment to our department," said Isbell.

Not just any equipment.

"Specific equipment with those engines that allow us to be even more efficient with water," said Isbell.

"40 percent of the score is the water distribution system," said Connealy.

The State Fire Marshal also told me there are other factors in determining the rating.

"Do they have good response times, are the firefighters being trained appropriately, are they fire planning the building, are they checking the fire hydrants," said Connealy.

Since the Central Fire Station made the number one rating, homeowners and businesses get a break.

"The citizens of Midland can get a reduction on their insurance costs, both for homeowners and businesses," said Connealy.

And you can guarantee the department won't just stop getting better.

"We're going to continue to make improvements with what is already the best," said Isbell.
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