Tanker Accreditation

The Town of Milton received the Fire Underwriters Survey Rating for Superior Tanker Shuttle Service in June of 2000 for all rural areas within 8 km by road of any of the four fire stations. The accreditation demonstrates our ability to fight fires in rural areas more quickly and effectively by providing a continuous flow of water to fire scenes far from municipal hydrants.

What is the Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Rating?

The Superior Tanker Shuttle Service test forms part of the Fire Underwriters Survey Rating for a municipality and provides hydrant protected insurance ratings for areas of the Town not equipped with hydrants. The basic requirements for accreditation are:

  • Within five minutes of the first pumper arriving at a fire scene, firefighters must be able to pump a minimum of 900 L/min (200 Gal/min) and,
  • Maintain that water flow uninterrupted for two hours.

The test must be within 8 km of the fire station and must be a least 5 km from the water source where the Tankers are reloaded.

What Does the Accreditation Mean to Rural Residents?

Many insurance companies recognize the Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Rating. Rural residences within 8 km of a fire station and rural businesses within 5 km of a fire station may receive a reduction in insurance premiums. Rural residents should contact their insurance agent and ask if they qualify for a rate reduction.

More importantly, the Superior Tanker Accreditation Shuttle means that the Milton Fire Department has demonstrated ability to transport water to rural fire scenes to protect our citizens.

The Halton Hills Fire Protection and Prevention Services has also achieved the accreditation. That means those rural Milton residents within 8 km of the District 1 (Acton) Fire Station may also qualify for reduced insurance premiums.

Rural residents within the boundary should contact their insurance agent and ask if they qualify for a rate reduction on the fire protection portion of their insurance. If a letter from the Fire Department is required, contact the Fire Department. In most cases the letter can be provided within two business days. Contact information is on the left side of this page.