ISO Mitigation

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....

The economics of your PPC grade

ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC ® ) program gets a lot of rightful attention for its positive effect on local fire service. After all, it provides an impartial assessment of a fire district’s capabilities...

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...

Building codes: From one extreme to the other

I was fortunate — for two reasons — to visit Newport Beach, California, recently. First, Newport Beach is a really nice place. In the depths of winter, the average low temperature is 50 degrees, and the summer high...

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...

Building codes from Mesopotamia to Ohio

The ancient Babylonian laws known as the Code of Hammurabi , dating back to Mesopotamia in 1772 B.C., probably featured the world’s first building codes. Although Ohio is a long way from Mesopotamia, that thought came...