Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS)

The Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) from Verisk's ISO unit, is the manual we've developed and use in reviewing the firefighting capabilities of individual communities. The schedule measures the major elements of a community's fire suppression system and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification (PPCTM).

The FSRS evaluates three main areas of a community's fire suppression system: emergency communications, fire department (including operational considerations), and water supply. In addition, it includes a Community Risk Reduction section that recognizes community efforts to reduce losses.

The FSRS lists a large number of items (facilities and practices) that a community should have to fight fires effectively. The schedule is performance based and assigns credit points for each item. Using the credit points and various formulas, we calculate a total score on a scale of 0 to 105.5.

Emergency communications

A maximum of 10 points of a community's overall score is based on how well the fire department receives and dispatches fire alarms. Our field representatives evaluate:

  • the emergency reporting system
  • the communications center, including the number of telecommunicators
  • computer-aided dispatch (CAD) facilities
  • the dispatch circuits and how the center notifies firefighters about the location of the emergency

Fire department

A maximum of 50 points of the overall score is based on the fire department. We review the distribution of fire companies throughout the area and the amount of water a community needs to fight a fire. We check that the fire department tests its pumps regularly and inventories each engine and ladder company's equipment according to NFPA 1901. We also review the fire company records to determine factors such as:

  • type and extent of training provided to fire company personnel
  • number of people who participate in training
  • firefighter response to emergencies
  • maintenance and testing of the fire department's equipment

Water supply

A maximum of 40 points of the overall score is based on the community's water supply. This part of the survey focuses on whether the community has sufficient water supply for fire suppression beyond daily maximum consumption. We survey all components of the water supply system and review fire hydrant inspections and frequency of flow testing. Finally, we count the number of fire hydrants no more than 1,000 feet from the representative locations.

Community risk reduction

The Community Risk Reduction section of the FSRS offers a maximum of 5.5 points, resulting in 105.5 total points available. We evaluate fire prevention, fire safety education, and fire investigation. The inclusion of this section for extra points allows recognition for those communities that employ effective fire prevention practices, without unduly affecting those who haven't yet adopted such measures. It gives incentives to those communities who strive proactively to reduce fire severity through a structured program of fire prevention activities.

Obtaining the FSRS

The FSRS is available as a PDF. Go to ISO Mitigation Online to order.

  • 2013 revised FSRS—$100
  • 1980 FSRS for Texas—$100
  • Both 2013 and 1980 FSRS—$150

If you're a fire service official, go to Fire Chiefs Online to access your complimentary copy. If you're not yet registered, register here.

For more information about the FSRS

  • Call us at 1-800-888-4476.