Decision Will Hurt Oklahomas Rural Fire Departments
|For Immediate Release:
July 3, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak says rural fire departments in Oklahoma will be devastated by an agreement between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to no longer allow unused DoD vehicles to be retrofitted and used by rural fire departments.
This will have a major impact on Oklahomas rural fire departments, said Doak. Many are already on extremely tight budgets and struggling to get all the equipment they need. They dont have the money to buy new or even used vehicles in many cases. Without access to these DoD vehicles and other equipment, many Oklahoma fire departments will find it difficult to operate.
Through two long-standing federal excess property programs, Oklahoma Forestry Services has been able to provide rural fire departments military trucks remanufactured into wildland engines and water tenders at no cost. Currently, Oklahoma fire departments are using 8,812 vehicles and pieces of equipment from the DoD valued at over $150 million. DoD recently ended the program when it decided to enforce a 25-year-old agreement with the EPA. Under the agreement, vehicles not meeting EPA emission standards would be destroyed instead of sold.
This ill-conceived plan will put Oklahoma lives and property in danger, said Doak. I know Oklahoma Forestry Services is working with other state officials to find a solution and they have my full support. I will personally be talking with the states congressional delegation about this issue that is so important to rural Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID), through its Insurance Services Office (ISO) review program, works with rural fire districts across the state to improve Public Protection Classification (PPC) ratings which can reduce homeowners insurance premiums. The Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System is funded, in part, by the states insurance premium tax. Commissioner Doak designates one individual to serve on the pension plans Board of Trustees. That position is presently held by OID Chief Actuary Frank Stone.
About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.
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|Dan Perkins 50th Year In Auto Business|
|Thanks to Adesa Auto
Auction for recognizing my Dad for 50 years in the Car Business!!! Yes
50 years! He was a sophomore in high school when he and my uncle started
their own car lot. And the rest is history!! He has always done what he
loves and he has always told us "Do what you love and you will never
work a day in your life". He has lived his dream of working with
cars in every career step he has taken, and done it all with honesty and
integrity!! He sets the best example for his kids and grand kids and our
family is where it is today because of him!! Congratulations Dad!! We
love you!! -- Lea Ann Perkins Dugger
|Ted Note: Collinsville Auto Sales was the very first cvilleok.com advertiser back in 2003.|
|CCC Band Booster Info|
|Here is the information
discussed at May band booster meeting (from Michelle Cross).
New 2014-2015 officers
Summer Band will begin July 28, more information to come.
New Remind101 information for 2014-2015 school year.
Next meeting July 8th in band room.
Garage Sale tenatively scheduled August 9th.