New Salem Fire Department FAQ’s

Who do I call if I’m burning in my backyard?

Please phone in any controlled burns (backyard burns, brush burns, etc.)

Call Fire Control (Non- Emergency) 765-5979 on the day with a time of start and also call back once the fire is out.

What is an ISO rating?

To evaluate public protection and assign the appropriate PPC to every community, ISO uses a uniform set of criteria called the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). The FSRS incorporates recognized standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Water Works Association. So, the PPC program provides a useful benchmark that helps fire departments and other public officials measure the effectiveness of their efforts — and plan for improvements.

ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPCTM) Service gauges the fire protection capability of the local fire department to respond to structure fires in a property in which your company has a financial stake.