Insurance Ratings

Public Protection Classification – PPC

  • The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) utilizes a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) in reviewing a community’s firefighting capabilities.
  • A numerical grading called Public Protection Classification (PPC) reflects variables such as water sources, automatic aid agreements, personnel, dispatch operations, distance to responding fire stations, and other information.
  • This information helps insurance companies assess homeowners policies regarding fire protection.

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The Bracken Fire Department will respond to the appropriate emergencies with:

  • Command Vehicle
  • 1500 gpm Engine carrying 1000 gallons of water with a Class A (CAFS) foam system
  • 1250 gpm Engine carrying 1000 gallons of water with a Class A (CAFS) foam system
  • 1000 gpm Engine carrying 750 gallons of water
  • 1000 gpm Tender carrying 2000 gallons of water with a Class A foam system and 3 quick dumps
  • 400 gpm Tender carrying 1500 gallons of water and 1 quick dump
  • 250 gpm Brush Trucks carrying 400 gallons of water with Class A foam systems
  • 250 gpm Brush Truck carrying 700 gallons of water with Class A foam system
  • Rescue Truck with 16 gallon CAFS
  • Support/Utility Truck

All structure fire responses will have Bracken FD and the two closest fire departments respond for Mutual/Automatic Aid. Other departments will be dispatched as needed.

We are a combination paid/volunteer department, we are staffed 24/7 with 4 paid firefighters on duty. M-F from 7-5, we have 2 additional paid firefighters on duty. Our Central Station is located at 23600 FM 3009, S.A., TX 78266.

Response times will be 6 to 15 minutes depending on how far you live from the Bracken Fire Station.

Insurance Services Organization Public Protection Classification for the Bracken FD response area is a split class of 4/8b.

With a split class, all property located within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant and within 5 road miles of a fire station will use Class 4. We cannot provide the distance to the nearest hydrant, it would need to be calculated by the homeowner.

All property located farther than 1000 feet of a fire hydrant, and within five road miles of a fire station, will use Class 8b. We cannot provide the distance to the nearest hydrant, it would need to be calculated by the homeowner.

All other locations within our response area should be a Class 9.