THE WOODLANDS, TX (December 12, 2013) – The Woodlands Township recently received notice that The Woodlands Fire Department has earned the prestigious ISO rating of 1 from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), Inc.’s Public Protection Department. Less than 60 communities nationwide have achieved this status.
“The Township has been working toward this goal for many years,” said Township Chairman Bruce Tough. “Predominately, building fire stations 6, 7, 8 and the Emergency Training Center contributed to the successful completion of this goal. Congratulations to Chief Benson and his staff on this accomplishment,” he said.
Fire Chief Alan B. Benson indicated that the State Fire Marshall’s Office plans to present a plaque to The Woodlands Fire Department at a Township board meeting in February or March. The ISO 1 classification will take effect May 1, 2014.
“This accomplishment is an example of the board’s and the community’s commitment toward providing exemplary public safety services. We are proud to serve the residents and businesses of The Woodlands,” said Chief Benson.
ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPCTM) Service gauges the fire protection capability of local fire departments to respond to structure fires. ISO collects information on a community’s public fire protection and analyzes the data, then assigns a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents the best public protection, and Class 10 indicates no recognized protection.
A statement from ISO reads, “This means your community’s fire suppression services are improving in the face of the demands of a changing environment. Congratulations on this recognition of your commitment to serve the needs of your community’s property owners and residents.”
Almost all United States insurers of homes and business property use ISO's PPC in calculating premiums. Generally, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC, assuming all other factors are equal.
A community's PPC depends on:• the fire department, including equipment, staffing, training, and geographic distribution of fire companies;• the water supply system, including condition and maintenance of hydrants, and a careful evaluation of the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires; and• fire alarm and communications systems, including telephone systems, telephone lines, staffing, and dispatching systems.
ISO is a leading source of information, products and services about property and liability risk. ISO provides statistical, actuarial, underwriting, claims, and related information and analyses to insurers, reinsurers, agents, insurance regulators, and other government agencies. For more information, please visit the ISO mitigation Web site at www.isomitigation.com.
For more information on The Woodlands Township and The Woodlands Fire Department, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/firedepartment.