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SVFRA Awarded I.S.O. Class 1 Designation

City of Sonoma Awarded Public Protection Class I Distinction by Insurance Service Office (ISO)


Sonoma, California, September 21, 2016


The City of Sonoma has received the Insurance Services Office (ISO) top rating of Class 1. This rating has been achieved by less than 1/4 of 1% of Fire Departments Nationwide and is one of only 19 in California and the first in Sonoma County. The ISO currently evaluates over 48,000 Fire Departments Nationwide with only 178 earning the Class 1 Rating. This rating reflects the hard work and dedication of all the Sonoma Valley Fire Rescue Firefighters, the City Water Department, our Regional Dispatch Center (REDCOM), the Valley of the Moon Fire Board, the City Manager and the City Council as this is truly a collaborative accomplishment where our citizens directly benefit. The new Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating will become effective October 1, 2016 and should help residents and businesses within the City of Sonoma achieve lower insurance costs.


Fire Departments across the Nation are rated by the ISO to determine a PPC for individual Cities or Counties. This rating is published by the ISO and used by Insurance Companies to determine insurance rates. The ISO Schedule develops a PPC number on a relative scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the very best and 10 representing less than minimum recognized fire protection. Most U.S. Insurers of Homes and Business Property use the PPC in calculating premiums. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC.


When the ISO evaluates a Fire Departments capabilities it uses a system called the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) which employs nationally accepted standards developed by such organizations as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. The FSRS considers 3 main areas of a community’s fire suppression capabilities including Emergency Communications (911 Call Center), the Fire Department, and Water Supply. In addition, it includes a Community Risk Reduction section that recognizes community efforts to reduce losses through fire prevention, public fire safety education and fire investigation.


Key elements considered when evaluating a Fire Department include Response Capabilities (Deployment Analysis) which includes adequate staffing, Fire Station Distribution (Location and Coverage), Appropriate Apparatus and Equipment, Training, Water Supplies, Organizational Structure, Communications and Building/Fire Prevention Codes and their enforcement.


The Fire Department’s improved PPC Classification is a reflection of the City of Sonoma’s commitment to provide quality Public Safety Services to the citizens of Sonoma.


Mark Freeman, Fire Chief

Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority

630 Second Street West

Sonoma, CA 95476-6901

(707) 996-2102

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