The pros and cons of solar panels

There are many ways to “go green”—vegetative roofs, lightweight construction materials, insulating materials, and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are among the most popular. But what are the pros and cons of solar panels for the average property owner, firefighters, and insurers? A photovoltaic solar panel system supplies usable solar power through the direct conversion of […]

IFSL Symposium comes to Verisk

ISO had the honor to host this year’s International Fire Service Leaders (IFSL) Symposium here at the Verisk Analytics home office in Jersey City. I was thrilled to help organize the event along with our retired national director of Community Hazard Mitigation, Butch Cobb. About 50 fire service leaders from across the country attended, led […]

Where do you stand on vegetative roofs?

New green products and technologies are constantly becoming available to homeowners and businesses. One of the more intriguing innovations for city dwellers is vegetative roofs. They’re eco-friendly and appropriate for large and small properties, either residential or commercial. Quite simply, they’re building roofs covered in vegetation. They have a beneficial impact on storm runoff, air […]

Getting to Class 1

ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program recognizes the efforts of communities to provide structural fire protection services for citizens and property owners. Insurance companies use PPC information to help establish fair premiums for residential and commercial property insurance. They recognize that effective fire service with adequate water supply, communications, and fire prevention should generally result […]

Creede, Colorado, Fire Department: From natural resources to resourcefulness

The ISO Community Hazard Mitigation staff visits a lot of fire departments in our quest to evaluate the quality of public fire protection for our Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program. As an ISO field analyst, I’ve seen many of them. Although no two departments are exactly alike, they usually have similar physical characteristics, such as […]

Fire data and a dinner

The FDNY Foundation recently hosted its 20th annual dinner in Manhattan, celebrating both the foundation and the 150th anniversary of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). The dinner honored high-profile members of the FDNY community for their year-round services. The event brought together a substantial number of guests, including our ISO Community Hazard Mitigation […]