FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 28, 2017
Being rated the very best at what you do is a really good thing. For the dedicated men and women of the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department, now is a good time to take a bow because the City’s fire-protection rating has jumped to the top of the chart.
This rise from Class 3 to Class 1 doesn’t just make KCFD feel good. It also means that some KCMO residents and businesses may be able to pay lower insurance premiums when this rating takes effect next spring.
Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) evaluates fire departments nationwide and coordinates the Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program, which assesses fire-protections efforts in specific communities and issues a rating to help insurers evaluate risks and establish rates.
Class 1 is ISO’s highest rating.
“The City as a whole can be proud of our new “Class 1” Public Protection Classification (PPC) ISO rating in fire protection,” KCFD Chief Paul Berardi said. “KCMO improves from a Class 3 to an ISO Class 1 as a result of the City’s commitment to providing excellent fire protection through staffing, equipment, infrastructure, risk reduction, and training. Deputy Chief Mark Mauer’s led this project which took several months to complete and I’m grateful for his service and dedication.”
By classifying communities’ ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program provides an objective standard that helps fire departments plan and budget for facilities, equipment and training. By securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.
The City’s water infrastructure, which is operated and maintained by KC Water, played an important role in achieving this new rating.
“Fire hydrant spacing and water system pressures are critically important for fire protection,” said Terry Leeds, Director of KC Water. “We’re thankful for our customers who have invested in the system through rates, and we value our ongoing partnership with KCFD to provide fire protection for the residents of Kansas City.”
ISO is a leading source of information, products and services about property and liability risk. ISO provides statistical, actuarial, underwriting, claims, and related information and analyses to insurers, reinsurers, agents, insurance regulators, and other government agencies. For more information, visit the ISO mitigation website.