Public Protection Classification

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...

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...

Water For People

This past August, I had the rare opportunity to combine work, fitness, and charitable support — not a bad trifecta. It happened when I attended the 2014 Tri-Association Conference held in Ocean City, Maryland. This is...

How the new PPC grades benefit you

With our new Public Protection Classification (PPC ® ) changes taking effect on July 1, there’s a question insurers may ask: How does this affect me? As noted in my June 12 blog ( New PPC classifications go into effec...

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...

Predictive analytics: Changing the way insurers think about their homeowners risks

There was a time when homeowners underwriting and rating basically followed the old adage "a house is a house is a house." But over the past ten years or so, the homeowners market has grown increasingly concentrated,...