CHANGE IN FIRE DEPARTMENT PUBLIC PROTECTION CLASSIFICATION
From the office of Chief Pristera 2007-09-20
The Ashtabula Division of Fire is pleased to announce that its Public Protection Classification (PPC) recently improved from Class Five to Class Four. The Insurance Service Office (ISO) determines the PPC periodically following a comprehensive review of three major categories; receiving and handling alarms, fire department operations and water supply. AFD demonstrated sufficiently improved performance in these areas to warrant an improvement from Class Five, to Class Four.
“We are pleased to receive an independent validation of our fire department. Retired Chief Balog began an initiative several years ago to improve our rating, and we are pleased to be able to complete his efforts. This is a significant achievement and our ISO committee members deserve a lot of credit,” said Ashtabula Fire Chief Ron Pristera.
Of the 2820 rated fire departments in Ohio, only 307 (10%) have a PPC rating of Class Four and only 124 (4%) have a better (Class Three, Two or One) PPC rating .
The PPC program plays an important role in the fire insurance underwriting process at most insurance companies. Virtually all U.S. insurers rely on PPC information to help establish fire insurance premiums. The actual local insurance rates can be affected by a variety of factors, but in general, property insurance is lower in communities with lower PPC ratings.
“We hope this rating improvement produces a return on our taxpayers’ investment into public safety by lowering insurance premiums,” said Pristera.
Ashtabula will be credited for the new, improved rating when ISO publishes its next update in February of 2008.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT RON PRISTERA @ 440 992-7186.