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Free Slash Drop-Off
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has
announced the continuation of the annual free slash drop-off program
at county transfer stations for two months beginning April 1, and
continuing until June 1, 2014. This program is to assist
residents in developing necessary defensible space around their
homes and other structures that could fuel fires. Defensible space
is absolutely necessary to help avoid uncontrolled fires. See the
Press Release for more information.
New Hydrants = Possible Lower Property
With the completion of the "Twin 5's" water line
replacement project by the Town of Clarkdale, which included new hydrants, several properties
now have a lower Public Protection Classification (PPC). The
PPC is set by Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO). ISO
evaluates communities according to a uniform set of criteria and
sets the PPC. Clarkdale Fire District has a PPC of 4/8b.
This means that the properties within the district which are within
1,000 feet of a hydrant have a PPC of 4; while properties farther
than 1,000 feet from a hydrant have a PPC of 8b. The lower the
number the better. We have had homeowners tell us that their
property insurance premiums went down 30% due to the PPC for their
home going from an 8b to a 4! This is is why it is important
homeowners that have property near one of the new hydrants
contact their insurance company!
Not all insurers consider the
PPC in their underwriting - but many do. Therefore, we urge
all affected residents to contact their insurer. Home owners
and insurance agents may call us to verify the classification of
individual properties: (928) 639-4591.
The Town of Clarkdale has provided us with a
map depicting the properties within 1,000 feet of the new
hydrants. Areas shaded green already had a PPC of 4. The blue
shading shows the area covered by the new hydrants. If any
part of your property has blue shading, the entire property is
considered to have a PPC of 4.
We will be selling surplus property soon - go to
sign-up as a buyer. It is quick and easy. One of the
items we are selling is a 2001 International Pumper.
"NEW" First-Out Engine
On November 1, 2013 Clarkdale Board of Directors
authorized the purchase of a 2005 Crimson combination rescue/pumper
from the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department in Kensington
Maryland. The truck is now in-service as Clarkdale Fire
Districts first-out engine.
The Crimson combination rescue/pumper was
purchased new by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department for just
under $700,000 in 2005.
Clarkdale Fire District was able to purchase the 8 year-old engine
for $200,000 including shipping costs and the new signage/lettering
package. “The truck is a
good value, it is in great shape and has many ‘extras’ that
Clarkdale would not been able to afford if it purchased new” said
Board Chairman Jim Elmer.
The Board authorized the purchase to be made from the
District’s Capital Reserve Fund.
The District had been saving for six years towards the
purchase of an engine and the Board felt it was time to take this
For more information see the
The Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget
was adopted by the Clarkdale Fire District Board on June 20th.
To view the budget, please
here. If you have questions regarding the budget, please
Chief Moore or
Administrative Assistant/Finance Manager Joyce Driscoll at (928)
Surplus Property For Sale
We are auctioning items on
Clarkdale's Public Protection
Classification (PPC) is a 4/8B. The PPC of 4 applies to
properties within five road miles of the fire station and within
1,000 feet of a hydrant. The PPC of 8B applies to properties
in the fire district that are outside these perimeters.
Many insurance companies use the PPC rating to
help determine property insurance premiums. The
lower the PPC the better. We encourage all property owners
to contact their insurance company to see what
PPC rating they are using for your property. The PPC has
decreased substantially in the last few years, and you could be
saving money on your premiums!
provide your insurance company regarding the lower PPC.
Verde Independent article, dated 12-21-11.
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