As of 2019, Robinson Volunteer Fire Department’s ISO rating is as follows:
What Is the Insurance Services Office (ISO)?
A company called the ISO (Insurance Services Office) creates ratings for fire departments and their surrounding communities. The ratings calculate how well-equipped fire departments are to put out fires in that community.
The ISO provides this score (also known as an ISO fire score, an ISO fire insurance rating, and a Public Protection Classification [PPC]) to homeowners’ insurance companies, who then use it to help set homeowners’ insurance rates. The more well-equipped your fire department is to put out a fire, the less likely your house is to burn down. That makes your home less risky and, therefore, less expensive to insure.
PPCs can range from 1 to 10, and in the ISO rating scale, a lower number is better. A 1 is the best possible rating, while a 10 means the fire department did not meet the ISO's minimum requirements.
Using the credit points and various formulas, ISO calculates a total score on a scale of 0 to 105.5. According to the ISO's Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), there are five main criteria to a fire rating score:
How ISO Fire Ratings Impact Your Community
By classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps communities evaluate and improve their public fire protection services. The program also provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments plan and budget for facilities, equipment, and training.
In addition, this grading schedule plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. ISO documents state that most insurers — including the largest ones — use PPC information for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.
What Is Robinson Volunteer Fire Department’s Rating?
RVFD works within the guidelines of ISO to improve our PPC rating. In 2019, the department received an improved Class 3/3Y rating.
More than 50,000 fire departments are graded by ISO, and currently, there are only 74 agencies in Texas and 411 in the United States that have earned a Class 1 rating. Robinson Volunteer Fire Department continues to strive for excellent coverage to ensure our public safety needs exceed expectation.