City of Goldendale Maintains WSRB Fire Insurance Rating

The City of Goldendale has maintained its insurance rating with the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) at a Protection Class 6.

 The classification follows an analysis conducted by WSRB, an independent, non-profit public service organization that has been serving the State of Washington since 1911. The in-depth analysis is conducted every five years to determine a community’s protection class. WSRB uses a grading schedule and measures the fire protection capabilities of a community in four major areas by means of a point system. The four areas are water supply (35%, of total), fire department (40% of total), fire safety control (16% of total), and emergency communications (9% of total). These four areas are evaluated and scored independently of each other. The scores are then combined in a final calculation to determine the Protection Class for the community.

The Protection Class (PC) 6 rating will apply to all dwellings and commercial properties located within the City of Goldendale, that are within five road miles of the responding fire station and having standard fire hydrant distribution and water supply.

“The City of Goldendale Fire Department strives for excellence and we are proud to serve our community. Over the last 5 years we have updated, upgraded, and made many improvements to our department”, said Fire Chief Noah Halm. “One of the first changes has been to build a strong command team, identifying a few firefighters who have the qualities to lead and who share my personal passion for our community and the fire service, which was no easy task, when all of our volunteers possess such qualities”.

Over the last five years, the Goldendale Fire Department has instituted: a medical branch, providing Emergency Medical Services that supports Klickitat County’s EMS district and a Community Education and Outreach Program, that partners with our schools and community organizations. Additionally, the upgrading of equipment including personal protective gear, Engine 61-13, Brush Truck 61-53, and Attack Tender 61-31 purchased in part through several grants.

The department has focused on several areas of improvement. We strive for the best response possible and we are exceeding the national average. “Maintaining the same rating is difficult, especially in the volunteer service”, reaffirmed Chief Halm. “With the analysis, we already know we are moving forward and now we have a map to guide us.”

We wish to thank Goldendale Public Works. Their efforts to maintain adequate water supply and operating hydrants has a direct impact on our service. Beyond ensuring water flow is ready at a moments notice, much paperwork and documentation goes into our rating.

We also extend our gratitude to The Klickitat County Department of Emergency Management – Dispatch Center. The counties “First-First Responder’s” answer the 9-1-1 call that require precision processing from the moment the call is received, to providing pre-arrival instructions, through the paging of the responding units and finally, the documenting of fire unit status and pertinent call details. 

For information on volunteer opportunities and the joining the Goldendale Fire Corps Program visit https://makemeafirefighter.org/ or contact the department at 509-773-4240.