What is the ISO? Insurance Service Office is a government program. Agents from the ISO visit the fire department and determine many factors to rate the department from how much water is available, how fast fire department can provide water, to the distance from the fire department. The ISO rating for Lockwood Fire is 8b/6. All parcels are rated 8b with the exception of La Mel Heights subdivision which has 8 fire hydrants on a public water system which improves their rating to 6. The ISO rating is no longer required to be used for insurance purposes. However, many insurance providers use the ISO in rating properties. For insurance purposes everyone in the district resides within 5 miles of a working fire station. Lockwood Fire is a volunteer/stipend fire department and is contracted with CalFire through the "Amador Plan" .
Some insurance companies request a list of apparatus and water source. As of February 2019 the following is a list of apparatus assigned at each fire station. Water availability is being updated.
Fire Station #151 -
Engine 6520 Type III, Water Tender 6540 holds 1,000 gallons of water
On site - four 5,000 gallon water tanks
Fire Station #152 -
Utility 6547 (4wd 1/2 ton Pick-up)
Engine 6530 Type I
On site - one fire hydrant.
Within 1/8 mile, access to La Mel Heights subdivision 130,000 gallon water tank
The "Amador Plan" contract with CAL FIRE provides Lockwood with additional 500 gallon source of water carried on every CAL FIRE apparatus.
CAL FIRE DEW DROP -
Fire Engine - 500 gallons with additional 500 gallons per minute pump
Many property owners have chosen to provide separate 500 gallon stand-alone water source for fire prevention/suppression use. These addional sources are currently being mapped by Lockwoood staff.