NORMAN — The Cedar Country Fire Protection District in rural eastern Cleveland County is awaiting results of a recent inspection by the International Standards Organization, which could significantly lower home insurance rates for residents.
“I am very proud of our firefighters, officers, and emergency manager for the countless hours they have contributed beyond their regular volunteer duties to make this happen,” said Daryl Covey, District Chairman. “Our board and fire department have been working in partnership toward this strategic goal for over ten years.”
The Cedar Country Fire Protection District was created through an initiative petition in 2002 and today protects approximately 68 square miles of rural Cleveland County east of 132nd Street between State Highway 9 and State Highway 39.
The District presently has 24 firefighters and 8 trucks operating out of two fire stations located on 180th Street near Slaughterville Road and Post Oak Road, respectively. A future third fire station is planned, also on 180th Street, at a site near State Highway 39 which has already been acquired for that purpose. Additional trucks and personnel are also planned soon.
Preparation for the inspection required organizing extensive records on training, operations, past emergency responses, water supplies, equipment and a wide range of other areas for review. This effort was led by the District’s Emergency Manager, Roger Wickey, who previously served as the District’s Fire Chief prior to his retirement.
Extensive operational preparation was also necessary to provide the required demonstrations, including the capabilities to transport, transfer, pump and direct large quantities of water safely within a specified timeframe. Leaders for this effort were Fire Chief Harlen Fipps and Assistant Fire Chief Darren Gregory.
The district’s readiness for inspection was delayed for over a year by the destructive wildfire season of 2012, including the massive fires which raced through Cleveland County during August of that year while air temperatures were well over one hundred degrees.
“I came on board five years ago with the promise that I would improve the District and get more volunteer firefighters on board so that we could improve our ISO rating,” said Fire Chief Harlen Fipps.
Covey responded to the statement.
“Harlen has done a great job leading our fire department. The board and the citizens we represent are truly grateful to him and the rest of our department for making rural life safer and better,” he said.
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