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    Coral Springs Fire Department Receives a “Class-1” Fire Protection Rating

    Monday, April 18, 2016
    On Friday April 15th, 2016, the Coral Springs Fire Department was awarded a Class 1 Fire Protection rating by the insurance industry advisory company ISO. The classification by Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), known as the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, assesses the fire-protection efforts in a particular community.

    “During the 45-year history of our Fire Department, this is one of the greatest accomplishments to date. This rating from ISO validates the amazing work that the fine the men and women of the Coral Springs Fire Department do every day, and have been doing for many years. This was a collaborative effort that included our water districts, and our nationally accredited Communications Center,” said Fire Chief Frank Babinec. "Out of the 48,632 rated organizations in the United States, we are now among only 178 that are rated as ISO CLASS 1.  Out of the 600 rated organizations in Florida, we are among only 24 that are ISO CLASS 1".

    ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). The company then assigns a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10.  Class 1 represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet ISO's minimum criteria.

    By classifying communities’ ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training.  And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.