A southwest Missouri fire department’s quick work is saving you money.
Nevada fire chief William Thornton says his department’s response times to emergencies inside city limits averages three and a half minutes from the time the call first comes in to dispatchers to the time first responders arrive on scene. Thornton says the rapid response times help in several ways. He says fire can double every minute, so the faster they get on scene the easier it is to control. He says because of the rapid response times, the city’s ISO rating fell from a four to a three. The ISO rating plays a role in insurance rates, with a smaller number being better.