Fire Protection

ISO provides reliable, up-to-date information about a community’s fire protection services through our Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program.

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Building Codes

ISO’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) assesses the building codes in effect in a particular community and how the community enforces them, with emphasis on mitigation of losses from natural hazards.

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Fire Chiefs Online

Fire Chiefs Online — services for registered fire chiefs

Meet the National Director of ISO Community Hazard Mitigation

Thomas Weber, CFO, EFO, MPA, MiFireE, and retired fire chief.
Learn more about Chief Weber and how he’ll help improve our services to the fire service community.

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2013 edition of FSRS available now

Fire Suppression Rating Schedule
ISO has made a significant revision to the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), now approved by a majority of states. The schedule continues to evaluate the three primary categories of fire suppression: fire department, emergency communications, and water supply. And it now includes a new Community Risk Reduction section that recognizes community efforts to reduce losses through fire prevention, public fire safety education, and fire investigation. Learn more.


Every year, ISO participates in some 25 seminars, conferences, and other events for fire service officials. We often make presentations and lead workshops at these events. »Find out about future events.


Is the Economy Threatening Building Code Effectiveness??

200 mph winds leveled homes in Joplin, Missouri when a F5 tornado hit. (Photo: FEMA/Leo 'Jace' Anderson)
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There’s been a decade of steady progress toward implementing a single national model building code in all communities across the country.

In this article, we discuss how even though the pace of new construction has slowed significantly, economic issues still threaten code adoption and enforcement progress in many areas of the country. Community resources have become overextended, forcing difficult decisions by local officials. And unlike earlier in the decade, when states more rapidly adopted model code version changes released every three years, many states have now slowed their new code edition adoption rate. Since the mid-1990s, ISO has been at the forefront of code monitoring through the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) program.

Find out more about how financial conditions facing communities affect building code adoption and enforcement.

Customized reports

Customized PPC™ and BCEGS® reports for your community are available by mail from ISO:

  • PPC report — needed fire flows for the commercial buildings in your community and details of your PPC grading survey (Available free to your community’s fire chief or chief administrative official)
  • BCEGS report — details of your latest BCEGS grading survey (Available free to your community’s building official or chief administrative official)

Mail your request on fire department or building department letterhead, as appropriate, or on your chief administrative official’s letterhead to your ISO National Processing Center.


Visit the NFPA website to see the standards referenced in the FSRS.

Stakeholders (and even the general public) can access the NFPA Codes referenced in the FSRS for free through the following link:

A first time user will need to create a new user name and password to access the codes. The link provided above has clear instructions on how to register. The free access for stakeholders is limited. Only the current edition of the code or standard is available and is in a read only mode. You cannot save, print, or download the codes.


Announcement: New Public Protection Classifications (PPC™) Effective July 1, 2014 »

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Have you made changes to your fire department, fire district, or building code department?

Have you improved or changed your equipment, personnel, training, automatic aid, or other features of your public fire protection? Have the boundaries of your fire district or the locations of stations changed? ISO needs to know. Please notify your ISO National Processing Center.