Fountain Inn Fire Department Receives ISO Class 2 Rating
FOUNTAIN INN, SC – The Fountain Inn Fire Department (FIFD) has earned a Class 2 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). Out of over 40,000 departments scored each year on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the highest rating), only around 1,600 achieve a Class 2 rating. Previously, the FIFD had a Class 4 rating. The Class 2 rating takes effect June 1, 2021.
"We’re very proud to earn this new ISO rating. We work hard every day to be prepared to serve our community, and our new rating is a sign that our preparation is paying off. We will continue to work on making our fire department better equipped, our staff well-trained, and our services top notch so that citizens can always expect the best from the Fountain Inn Fire Department,” said Fire Chief Ronnie Myers.
From the report to be issued February 28:
ISO is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators, and others by providing information about risk. ISO's expert staff collects information about municipal fire suppression efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data and assigns a PPC grade – a number from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire suppression program does not meet ISO's minimum criteria.
ISO's PPC program evaluates communities according to a uniform set of criteria, incorporating nationally recognized standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Water Works Association. A community's PPC grade depends on:
• Needed Fire Flows, which are representative building locations used to determine the theoretical amount of water necessary for fire suppression purposes.
• Emergency Communications, including emergency reporting, telecommunicators, and dispatching systems.
• Fire Department, including equipment, staffing, training, geographic distribution of fire companies, operational considerations, and community risk reduction.
• Water Supply, including inspection and flow testing of hydrants, alternative water supply operations, and a careful evaluation of the amount of available water.
“Our Fire Department continues to push forward and be one of the very best departments in this state,” said Mayor GP McLeer. “The entire community thanks each firefighter and our department leadership for all they do - not just for their daily response to emergencies, but also for their purposeful preparation that has led to this upgraded rating.”
ISO ratings are used by insurance agencies to develop policies and rates for homeowners and business owners alike. Fire insurance premiums within insurance policies are based on the strength and quality of surrounding fire services.
“This improved rating will translate into reduced insurance premiums for our residents and businesses,” said Shawn Bell, City Administrator. “It also is a signal to our entire community that our Department is ready to protect and respond to any emergency.”