The Insurance Services Office (ISO) recently completed their community assessment for the Mauldin (SC) Fire Department.
At the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on October 15, 2018, it was announced that the Mauldin Fire Department will receive the ISO class 1 rating, effective January 1, 2019. Out of approximately 48,000 fire departments surveyed in the United States, less than 1% shares this rating.
ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), evaluates four primary categories of fire suppression:
- emergency communications
- fire department
- water supply
- community risk reduction.
The Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) employs nationally accepted standards developed by such organizations as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. When those organizations update their standards, the ISO evaluation changes as well. The PPC program always provides a useful benchmark that helps fire departments and other public officials measure the effectiveness of their efforts and plan improvements.
The Public Protection Classification Number assigned to a community depends on the grading on a 105 point scale, Class 1 being the best classification number and Class 10 being little or no fire protection. Many insurance carriers utilize data from ISO to determine insurance premiums.
“The Mauldin City Fire Department has worked diligently to improve emergency service delivery to its citizens,” said Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “The hard work of all of our employees has resulted in this improved rating.”
This is also a reflection of Mauldin City Councils’ commitment to managed growth in this rapidly developing area of Greenville County.
Property and business owners in the City of Mauldin and the Mauldin Fire Service Area of Greenville County may possibly save money on their insurance premiums after this rating change takes effect January 1, 2019. Policy holders should check with their insurance carrier to see if this has a positive impact.
For more information on the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, see www.isomitigation.com.