The City of Brookings fire protection rating has been upgraded as a result of a recent review by the Insurance Service Office (ISO), a national company that has been rating community fire safety since the early 1900’s.
The City has been awarded a Public Protection Classification (PPC) of Class 3, an upgrade from the previous rating of Class 4.
“This is an outstanding achievement by our City,” said Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “In Brookings, this is a collaborative effort of employees and volunteers. Our volunteer firefighters participate weekly in training and are on the front line when it comes to fore protection. The City Council has made every effort to provide them with the equipment they need. We have made substantial improvements to our water system. It all works together to make Brookings a safer City.”
“We have a very dedicated group of volunteers and employees staffing our Fire Department,” said Public Safety Director Chris Wallace. “And this dedication carries through to those employees working in other related capacities, like communications operators and water system operators.”
“Our goal is to continue to improve in all areas of our work. We were within a few points of moving our rating up to Class 2 and will be coordinating our efforts with other City departments in an effort to boost our classification in the next rating cycle,” Wallace said.
“The City’s water system is also an important part of this ISO rating,” said City Manager Gary Milliman. “Storage capacity and the volume of water available at hydrants are among the considerations. The City has made significant investments in recent years to improve these aspects of our water system, and has installed a number of new fire hydrants.”
Only 8.0 percent of the 48,855 PPC-rated agencies nationwide are Class 3 or better; with only 74 Class 3 or better agencies in Oregon. There are no Class 1 fire agencies in Oregon.
According to the ISO website, “The PPC program provides important, up-to-date information about municipal fire protection services in each community we survey. ISO’s expert staff collects information about the quality of public fire protection in fire protection areas across the United States. In each of those protection areas, ISO analyzes the relevant data and assigns a Public Protection Classification, a grading from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria.”
Most insurers of home and business properties in the United States use ISO’s PPC as a factor in calculating premiums. In general, the price of insurance in a community with a good PPC is lower than in a community with a poor PPC, assuming all other factors are equal. The City’s broker of record reported that the ISO rating change may result in reduced premiums, depending upon the carrier.