The Prosper Fire Department is hosting a dedication ceremony to celebrate the opening of the town’s second fire station from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1140 Teel Parkway.
Prosper Fire Chief Ronnie Tucker said the opening and operation of a second fire station will benefit Prosper residents in more ways than one.
“The first thing is it allows us a much quicker response time to the west part of Prosper,” Tucker said. “The second thing is that it’s going to help us with our ISO … I think it’ll be a significant savings for the residents in Prosper.”
An ISO is a number on a scale from 1-10 that rates a town’s risk level, notifying insurance companies of how much or how little to charge for home insurance premiums. Prosper’s ISO rating is currently a 5 out of 10. The ISO regrade was scheduled for Sept. 26 and Tucker said he expects the results in February or March.
“The hope (for the town) is a 2, and that should save residential folks about 12 to 14 percent on insurance,” ISO Consultant Mike Pietsch said.
The fire department hired additional firefighters to staff the second station, ensuring that the fire engine is fully staffed with four people on it at all times.
“It’s exciting times,” Tucker said. “We’re growing very fast, and it’s been a long time coming, and we’re very fortunate that the council listened to the needs of the residents.”
Light refreshments will be provided at the ceremony, and the event will feature a bounce house and a medical helicopter. Residents can RSVP for the event by calling the fire department at (972) 347-2424 or by emailing Cindy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.