August 13, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT PERSON: Fire Chief Bryan Newberry
[Missouri] – The Battlefield Fire Protection District is proud to announce a new rating from the Insurance Services Office (I.S.O.) effective September 1, 2014. In 2012 the Battlefield Fire Protection District asked the voters for a show of support with a promise to lower the Insurance Service Office rating. A year later we are pleased to announce we decreased this from a rating of 5 to a District wide rating of 2.
The Insurance Services Office collects and evaluates information from communities in the United States on their structure fire suppression capabilities and identifies a Public Protection Classification (PPC) for fire protection. Insurance companies use PPC information for marketing, underwriting, and to help establish fair premiums for homeowners and commercial fire insurance. A 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. The classifications are rated in four critical criteria including:
- Needed Fire Flows - which are representative building locations, used to determine the theoretical amount of water necessary for fire suppression purposes.
- Receiving and Handling Fire Alarms - including telephone systems, telephone lines, staffing, and dispatching systems.
- Fire Department - including equipment, staffing, training, and geographic distribution of fire companies.
- Water Supply - including condition and maintenance of hydrants, alternative water supply operations, and a careful evaluation of the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires up to 3,500 gallons per minute.
According to the Insurance Services Office, in 2014, 750 fire departments of nearly 50,000 evaluated in the United States received a rating of a Class 2. The Battlefield Fire Protection District received a new evaluation from the Insurance Services Office in 2013 and scored 83.11 points out of 100 to bring the new community classification to Class 2. The new rating may affect residents and business owners within the Battlefield Fire Protection District by lowering the cost of insurance premiums. We urge the community to contact insurance providers for information on how this may affect them.
The new rating was a collaborative effort from these community partners:
Greene County/Springfield 911
City Utilities of Springfield
Public Water Supply District #1
The level of protection we are able to provide is supplemented by these Automatic Aid agencies:
City of Springfield Fire Department
City of Republic Fire Department
Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District
Nixa Fire Protection District
Ozark Fire Protection District
Willard Fire Protection District
For additional information about the Battlefield Fire Protection District visit our website www.battlefieldfire.com, like us on Facebook, or visit one of our fire stations. Information about the Insurance Services Office can be found at www.isomitigation.com or by contacting their offices at (800) 444-4554.
For more information, call the District Headquarters at 417-881-9018. Point of contact is:
Fire Chief Bryan Newberry
4117 West 2nd Street
Battlefield, Missouri 65619