County Receives Highest Insurance Services Office Rating (ISO)

After months of data collection, analysis, and testing, the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO), has given Fairfax County a Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of Class 1, the highest rating possible. In addition, Fairfax County is the first jurisdiction in the Commonwealth to receive the honor.

According to the organization’s website, Class 1 represents “superior property fire protection.”

County officials will spotlight the prestigious rating with a news conference and live-fire burn demonstration, May 11, at 11 a.m., at the Fairfax County Training Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax.

According to Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, “Receiving the highest ISO rating confirms Fairfax County has one of the best Fire and Rescue Departments in the nation, and is a model to be emulated. Fast response times, equipment, facilities and trained personnel help make it one of the safest jurisdictions of our size.  I’m also excited to showcase the capabilities of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department during the 2015 World Police & Fire Games this summer!”  

Fire Chief Richie Bowers said, “County residents, business owners and visitors of Fairfax County, along with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel, will all benefit immensely from the improved ISO rating. The investments made in the past, and the investments that will continue to be made in the future, will pay great dividends for all. This goal was part of our strategic plan and we’re proud to have accomplished this challenging objective.”

The PPC Program reviews the fire prevention and overall fire suppression capabilities of communities. The Fire Suppression Rating Schedule considers several primary areas of the community’s system:  emergency communications, fire department operations, water supply and community risk reduction (fire prevention, fire safety education, fire investigations).

With an improved PPC rating, residents and businesses may receive lower insurance premiums, and the fire and rescue department receives valuable benchmarks, helping measure program efficacy and plan for future improvement.

Fairfax County’s first and only other ISO evaluation was completed in 1984, resulting in an urban/suburban classification of 3.

The new Class 1 rating was effective in February.