The Winfield Foley Fire Protection District recently completed an evaluation with the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and has learned that the City of Winfield’s fire protection rating has been lowered from a 7 to 6. This positive change will likely mean insurance premium savings for many local home and business owners.
WFFPD volunteer firefighters, Winfield maintenance workers, and County Dispatch employees have spent a great deal of time and effort focusing on responder resources, response efficiency, and availability of water supply in an effort to better their rating. A lot of work goes into lowering a department’s rating, including extensive evaluation of equipment, fire hydrant locations, fire station coverage, training programs and attendance, and code enforcement activities.
According to ISO, the 6 rating will go into effect on April 1, 2016. Since each insurance company makes use of this rating through their own internal policies, it is recommended that anyone interested should contact their insurance providers directly to determine what the impact will be on their premiums.
ISO is an insurance advisory organization that provides risk information to insurance companies. Through its Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, ISO evaluates municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. The PPC ratings given are a culmination of many evaluated factors, and provide a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of fire services in the area.
We’d like to offer a big thank you to the firefighters, dispatchers, and public works personnel that work very hard every day to ensure our fire department’s efficiency. Your efforts to improve the City of Winfield’s PPC rating and help to lower insurance premiums for our home and business owners do not go un-noticed. “Our hats off” to each and every one of you!
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