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Chicago Fire Department news

Chicago FD Memo 09-17

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Champaign Fire Department news

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The Champaign Fire Department was awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification.¬† The Class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Office, the highest rating possible, means the Champaign Fire Department is one of the nation’s best.¬† The Insurance Services Office is an organization that independently evaluates fire-protection efforts in communities across the United States.

Of 48,632 fire departments evaluated nationwide, Champaign is one of only 179 fire departments awarded a Class 1 rating, putting it in the top 0.37 percent. Only five other fire departments in the state of Illinois currently hold this coveted top rating.

“This Class 1 rating is a direct reflection of the level of hard work and dedication shown by our Firefighters, Inspectors, Educators, and Telecommunicators that come to work every day delivering outstanding service to our citizens, students, and visitors.” said Fire Chief Gary Ludwig.

Insurance Services Organization collects information on communities and analyzes the data using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule.  This Fire Suppression Rating Schedule evaluates four primary categories of fire suppression Рfire department, emergency communications, water supply, and community risk reduction.

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Streator improves ISO rating


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An improved rating for the Streator Fire Department should cut insurance premiums for property owners in the city.

Fire Chief Gary Bird said Tuesday the Insurance Services Organization, which grades fire departments, lowered the department’s rating to a four. A rating of one is best and 10 is worst. The last rating was that of a five, given in 2010. In 1999, the rating was six. Streator’s new score puts the city’s department in the top 21 percent of departments in the country, Bird noted.

Bird said lowering the rating is a major goal of the department’s five-year plan, which was developed last summer.

To improve the rating further to a three, the department has started a fire risk reduction program, which includes more rigorous safety inspections of businesses, the construction of a training center and the purchase of new equipment.

Many insurance companies use the Insurance Services Organization’s ratings to determine fire insurance premiums.

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