Excerpts from the dailyherald.com:

The Elk Grove Village Fire Department has received a Class 1 designation from the Insurance Services Office through its Public Protection Classification program, placing it among the top 1% of all fire departments in the country.

Of the more than 46,000 fire departments evaluated across the nation, only 498 — including 29 in Illinois — have achieved a Class 1 designation. The department also is one of 118 agencies worldwide with both an ISO Class 1 and Accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

The rating and fire department evaluation is based on factors such as the department’s training, apparatus and response capabilities, as well as water supply, dispatch operations and fire prevention programs.

The new rating is available to insurance companies, which may use ISO information to establish insurance premiums for residential, commercial and industrial property insurance rates.

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