Fayetteville Fire Department receives top insurance rating

The Fayetteville Fire Department has improved its public protection classification to the highest possible rating, which could lead to lower insurance rates for residential, commercial and industrial property owners around town.

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 rating became effective on May 1, 2018.

The ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States using their Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) to analyze data and give PPC classifications. According to city officials, most insurance companies use the classification status to determine insurance premiums for property owners.

In 2014, the department was upgraded from a Class 4 to a Class 2 rating. Since then, officials said the fire department, dispatch center, GIS mapping division, and water operations division worked to achieve higher grades for the FSRS by updating mapping software, creating real-time response routes, reducing response times, acquiring another ladder truck and rescue engine company, staffing additional personnel per shift, providing more training, and gathering more accurate water availability data.

“Receiving a Class 1 ISO rating is a monumental achievement for Fayetteville,” said Fire Chief David Dayringer. “But we have some points to gain in a few areas. Most importantly Fayetteville needs to maintain this classification and keep pace with our rapidly growing population.”

To review or download the report for your insurance agency, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov.