Fire Protection

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 fo...

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...

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 o...

Fire data in action

Flying cross-country on a transcontinental flight gives you time to think (especially after two coffees). As I write this, I’m somewhere over the Great Plains but thinking about a presentation I attended last night....

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...

Fire service leaders talk data at NFPA workshop

Recently, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released a report on its “Today and Tomorrow’s Fire Data,” an edifying two-day workshop I attended earlier this year at the National Institute of Standards and...

Wildfire Reports Point to a “Hot” Summer for the Western United States

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) recently issued its North American Seasonal Fire Potential Outlook for the summer of 2014. For the entire season, NIFC projects much of California and parts of Arizona and N...