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Map of Barnstable fires
THIS MAP shows locations and response times for building fires from 1990-2002
Building fires: Green diamond  1-5 minute response Fire stations: Fire truck icon
Yellow diamond  6 minute response Click here for an interactive map
Red diamond  7-29 minute response

See also: Barnstable Fire Department, West Barnstable Fire Department,
Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department, and Cotuit Fire Department

Hyannis Fire Department


Community served: Barnstable, Mass.
Department type: Career firefighters
Fire stations (department)1: 1
Fire stations (town): 7
Square miles (town): 62.6
Square miles per station (town): 8.9 [ See rankings ]
1 Some communities have more than one fire department.
 
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On-time response rates
SUMMARY:
On-time rate, building fires receiving a response within 6 minutes, 1986-2002: 94.7%
[ See rankings ]
   On-time rate, early years, 1986-1998: 94.0%
   On-time rate, recent years, 1999-2002: 97.1%
DETAILS:
1986-1998 1999-2002 1986-2002
Fires with on-time response 406 135 541
Fires with slower response 26 4 30
Total building fires studied 432 139 571

ISO insurance ratings
Insurance companies use ratings from ISO, a New Jersey company, to help determine fire insurance premiums. ISO rates communities on a scale from 1 (best) to 10 (no protection). The ratings are based on the community's fire department, water supply, and dispatch communications. The ratings are not based at all on response times. The same scale of 1 to 10 is applied to the effectiveness of building codes. In a split fire rating, such as 4/9, the second number applies to properties more than 1,000 feet from a hydrant.
ISO fire protection rating, Nov. 2004: 5
ISO building code rating, residential, Nov. 2004: 5
ISO building code rating, commercial, Nov. 2004: 5

Municipal spending on fire protection
Fire spending FY 2003 (town only): N/A
Fire spending as percent of total budget, FY 2003 (town only): N/A [ See rankings ]
Fire spending as percent of total budget, FY 1987 (town only): N/A
Fire spending per capita, FY 2003 (town only): N/A [ See rankings ]
Fire spending per capita, FY 1987, in 2003 dollars (town only): N/A
Change in fire spending per capita, 1987-2003 (town only): N/A
Change in other municipal spending per capita, 1987-2003, adjusted for inflation (town only): 32.7%
Fire spending per housing unit, FY 2003 (town only): N/A
Fire spending per square mile, FY 2003 (town only): N/A

Community information
County: Barnstable
Population, 2004 (estimate): 50,570
Occupied housing units, 2000: 19,626
Median family income, 1999: $54,026
Population growth, 1990-2000: 16.8%
Population growth, 1980-1990: 16.7%
Tax base (assessed value per capita), FY 2004: $223,074
Total assessed value, FY 2004: $11,280,791,852
Single-family tax rate, FY 2004: $6.61

Barnstable Fire Department


Community served: Barnstable, Mass.
Department type: Mostly career firefighters
Fire stations (department)1: 1
Fire stations (town): 7
Square miles (town): 62.6
Square miles per station (town): 8.9 [ See rankings ]
1 Some communities have more than one fire department.

On-time response rates
SUMMARY:
On-time rate, building fires receiving a response within 6 minutes, 1986-2002: 75.0%
[ See rankings ]
   On-time rate, early years, 1986-1998: 76.9%
   On-time rate, recent years, 1999-2002: 66.7%
DETAILS:
1986-1998 1999-2002 1986-2002
Fires with on-time response 30 6 36
Fires with slower response 9 3 12
Total building fires studied 39 9 48

ISO insurance ratings
Insurance companies use ratings from ISO, a New Jersey company, to help determine fire insurance premiums. ISO rates communities on a scale from 1 (best) to 10 (no protection). The ratings are based on the community's fire department, water supply, and dispatch communications. The ratings are not based at all on response times. The same scale of 1 to 10 is applied to the effectiveness of building codes. In a split fire rating, such as 4/9, the second number applies to properties more than 1,000 feet from a hydrant.
ISO fire protection rating, Nov. 2004: 4
ISO building code rating, residential, Nov. 2004: 5
ISO building code rating, commercial, Nov. 2004: 5

Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department


Community served: Barnstable, Mass.
Department type: Career firefighters
Fire stations (department)1: 3
Fire stations (town): 7
Square miles (town): 62.6
Square miles per station (town): 8.9 [ See rankings ]
1 Some communities have more than one fire department.

On-time response rates
SUMMARY:
On-time rate, building fires receiving a response within 6 minutes, 1986-2002: 76.3%
[ See rankings ]
   On-time rate, early years, 1986-1998: 74.1%
   On-time rate, recent years, 1999-2002: 82.3%
DETAILS:
1986-1998 1999-2002 1986-2002
Fires with on-time response 157 65 222
Fires with slower response 55 14 69
Total building fires studied 212 79 291

ISO insurance ratings
Insurance companies use ratings from ISO, a New Jersey company, to help determine fire insurance premiums. ISO rates communities on a scale from 1 (best) to 10 (no protection). The ratings are based on the community's fire department, water supply, and dispatch communications. The ratings are not based at all on response times. The same scale of 1 to 10 is applied to the effectiveness of building codes. In a split fire rating, such as 4/9, the second number applies to properties more than 1,000 feet from a hydrant.
ISO fire protection rating, Nov. 2004: 4/9
ISO building code rating, residential, Nov. 2004: 5
ISO building code rating, commercial, Nov. 2004: 5

Cotuit Fire Department


Community served: Barnstable, Mass.
Department type: Mostly volunteer firefighters
Fire stations (department)1: 1
Fire stations (town): 7
Square miles (town): 62.6
Square miles per station (town): 8.9 [ See rankings ]
1 Some communities have more than one fire department.

On-time response rates
SUMMARY:
On-time rate, building fires receiving a response within 6 minutes, 1986-2002: 79.3%
[ See rankings ]
   On-time rate, early years, 1986-1998: 77.3%
   On-time rate, recent years, 1999-2002: 85.7%
DETAILS:
1986-1998 1999-2002 1986-2002
Fires with on-time response 17 6 23
Fires with slower response 5 1 6
Total building fires studied 22 7 29

ISO insurance ratings
Insurance companies use ratings from ISO, a New Jersey company, to help determine fire insurance premiums. ISO rates communities on a scale from 1 (best) to 10 (no protection). The ratings are based on the community's fire department, water supply, and dispatch communications. The ratings are not based at all on response times. The same scale of 1 to 10 is applied to the effectiveness of building codes. In a split fire rating, such as 4/9, the second number applies to properties more than 1,000 feet from a hydrant.
ISO fire protection rating, Nov. 2004: 5
ISO building code rating, residential, Nov. 2004: 5
ISO building code rating, commercial, Nov. 2004: 5

West Barnstable Fire Department


Community served: Barnstable, Mass.
Department type: Mostly volunteer firefighters
Fire stations (department)1: 1
Fire stations (town): 7
Square miles (town): 62.6
Square miles per station (town): 8.9 [ See rankings ]
1 Some communities have more than one fire department.

On-time response rates
SUMMARY:
On-time rate, building fires receiving a response within 6 minutes, 1986-2002: 75.0%
[ See rankings ]
   On-time rate, early years, 1986-1998: 75.0%
   On-time rate, recent years, 1999-2002: 75.0%
DETAILS:
1986-1998 1999-2002 1986-2002
Fires with on-time response 3 3 6
Fires with slower response 1 1 2
Total building fires studied 4 4 8

ISO insurance ratings
Insurance companies use ratings from ISO, a New Jersey company, to help determine fire insurance premiums. ISO rates communities on a scale from 1 (best) to 10 (no protection). The ratings are based on the community's fire department, water supply, and dispatch communications. The ratings are not based at all on response times. The same scale of 1 to 10 is applied to the effectiveness of building codes. In a split fire rating, such as 4/9, the second number applies to properties more than 1,000 feet from a hydrant.
ISO fire protection rating, Nov. 2004: 3/9
ISO building code rating, residential, Nov. 2004: 5
ISO building code rating, commercial, Nov. 2004: 5

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