Whenever we have a fire within our own jurisdiction, it is important that we enter value & loss information for the property and its contents correctly. This can be difficult, because we are not insurance adjusters and do not deal with this sort of information, really ever. Outlined below are some helpful hints to help you input this information correctly.
- Know the Difference - Make sure that you insert the correct information into the correct field. I have seen people only place a value in the contents field for fully involved house fires.
- Online Resources - Most of our the types of property that we respond to are either structures or vehicles. To get the value of a structure, visit the Licking County Auditor's website and search for the property there. For vehicles, visit Kelly Blue Book's website and get the private party value. For the contents, a rule of thumb is 35% of the property value.
- Mutual Aid Values - Mutual aid departments are not required by NFIRS to input this information, so don't.
- Don't Worry About the Purple Fields - If a field is shaded purple, don't feel as though you have to fill it out. A field that is shaded purple is only telling you that there may be something that you missed, so please double check it before saving the report.