WILMINGTON – The Insurance Services Office (ISO) designated the Wilmington Fire Department to ISO Class 1 status last month, with the official change occurring Apr. 1.
The ISO is an independent organization that rates individual fire departments’ ability to control property insurance costs and extinguish fires. The rating reflects a department’s preparedness to manage community fires and also affects property insurance costs.
The components that determine a community’s given score includes water supply (managed by CFPUA), communications systems, number of personnel per apparatus, and so on.
The ISO assigns a Public Protection Classification (PPC) after examining all factors within a department on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best rating. A high rating represents a verified, third-party review on the department’s level of commitment.
Based on ISO data, fewer than 338 of approximately 30,000 fire departments in the United States have earned a Class 1 ISO rating. The WFD is also a certified organization by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). The CPSE lists only 113 global verified organizations on their website that have received both a ISO Class 1 rating as well as recognition for being an authorized agency.
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