Bronson, Otter Creek fire departments to merge?

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By Claude Lewis

There are advantages and disadvantages in living in a tiny community a good distance from a bigger town.

On the down side are higher insurance rates, as lagging fire fighting services don't sit well with Insurance Services Office (ISO) folks.

The ISO?s public protection classification program evaluates communities according to a set of criteria defined by a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule.

Towns are rated on a 1-10 scale, the lower number the better.

Little Otter Creek has never even had a rating, which means higher insurance for the 75 some families living in the central Levy County community.

Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo and interim Otter Creek Chief Scott Bulson have come up with an idea that could be a boon to both departments.

A merger would not only possibly put Otter Creek on the ISO map, but Bronson could benefit as well.

Lombardo asked Bronson Town Council for permission to form a committee to study the feasibility of such a marriage. Council gave him the green light to do so at Monday night's monthly meeting.

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