Fire Department

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...

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...

7.5 million fire hydrants!

Need a fire hydrant? ISO has millions of them. We reached another important data milestone at the start of 2015, with 7.5 million hydrants plotted and mapped in our national database. You can read all about it in our...

Fire departments on a mission

Nearly every fire department I’ve visited proudly displays their mission statement in a prominent place in their headquarters. Although each department has unique responsibilities, all proclaim their mission is to...

Fire service inspiration from the road

Flying home from back-to-back fire service conferences, I’m reflecting on the remarkable audiences I had the opportunity to interact with. At the Ohio State Fire Chiefs’ Association conference, we spent a full day wit...

New PPC Classifications go into effect

After more than a year of preparation, the revisions to our Public Protection Classifications (PPC ® ) go into effect on July 1, 2014. We've discussed these changes with our customers and business partners in various...

Lessons on social media from the IAFC conference

I was happy to attend the Eastern Division International Association of Fire Chiefs conference on May 9. What a rewarding experience. Chief Ted Lowden and Evesham Fire Rescue were wonderful hosts, and it was a great...