August 18, 2009
Fire Department Maintains ISO Class 1 Rating
Earns Issurance Services Office Presitgious Class 1 Classification
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Insurance Services Office or ISO has recently completed an analysis of the City of Cambridge and its ability to effectively respond to fires. The Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey was conducted over the past several months.
ISO is a leading source of information about risk. The evaluations are conducted as a service to the insurance industry and the communities are not charged a fee. Much of the information collected is utilized by the insurance industry in underwriting and to establish fair premiums for homeowners and commercial fire insurance.
The results of the survey will allow the City of Cambridge to maintain its prestigious Class 1 classification.
ISO has evaluated and classified over 44,000 fire protection areas across the United States using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, using a set of criteria that incorporates nationally recognized standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Water Works Association. The Classification assigned to a community is dependent on:
· Fire alarm and communication systems including staffing and dispatch systems.
· The fire department including equipment, staffing and training
· The water supply system including condition and maintenance of hydrants, alternative water supply operations and available water supply to effectively fight large fires.
The fire department accounts for 50% of the classification, the water supply system 40%, and the fire alarm and communication system 10%.
In 2008 there were only 57 Class 1 communities across the country; Cambridge is the only one in Massachusetts.
For additional information contact Deputy Chief Gerry Mahoney: 617-349-4944