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Posted on: March 20, 2018

Liberty Township Improves Its ISO Rating to a Fire Protection Class 2

The Liberty Township Fire Department is pleased to announce that the Insurance Service Office (ISO) has elevated its protection rating to a Class 2. The new rating is the result of the Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) Survey which rates available fire protection in a community. Liberty Township’s last evaluation was conducted in 2012 and the new rating will take effect on April 1, 2018.

The ISO rating is a numerical grading system and is one of the primary elements used by the insurance industry to develop premium rates for residential and commercial businesses. Data is analyzed using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) and then assigns a PPC from Class 1 (best) to Class 10. Along with the class rating and three survey areas, the FSRS also includes a community risk reduction assessment based on the following criteria: the strength of a fire department, public fire safety education, and fire investigation.

The ISO survey areas include:

  • Operations, training, and deployment of rescue vehicles including fire apparatus, equipment testing, and the ability to quickly place adequate personnel on the scene of a structure fire.
  • Emergency communications evaluated on the strength of the county to receive the call for assistance, process the information, and alert the fire department, along with the department’s ability to receive the alarm with redundant alerting systems.
  • The Butler County Department of Environmental Services water system which is reviewed on the strength of the system to provide adequate water at the correct volume and pressure while maintaining accurate records of flows and pressures.

“The Liberty Township Fire Department is proud of our upgraded ISO rating from a Class 4 to a Class 2 because it places the department in the top 3.5% of the nation’s fire departments,” stated Fire Chief Ethan Klussman. “This is quite an accomplishment considering only 0.4% of fire departments in the country have an ISO rating of a Class 1.”

Residents are encouraged to contact their insurance agents to notify them of the Township’s lower rating classification.

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