Fall 2011
Community Fire Protection News
Community Fire Protection News

Welcome to Community Fire Protection News, ISO’s online newsletter for concise and topical fire protection information, tips for navigating ISO websites, relevant industry news, and more. In this issue, we honor the memory of the lives lost in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

The fire scenario in this month’s “You Make the Call” section centers on warehouse fires. Let us know your fireground answers, and be sure to look at the responses from the fire scenario in our last issue. Also, please explore our other features and links.

A community’s investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predictor of future fire losses. Virtually all property/casualty insurers in the United States use ISO’s Public Protection Classifications for a variety of marketing and underwriting purposes, generally offering lower premiums to property owners in communities with better fire protection. By offering economic benefits to communities that invest in firefighting services, the program provides a unique incentive for improving and maintaining public fire protection. In the battle against property loss, fire department officials can be confident that ISO is an objective source for information and technical support.

Robert “Butch” Cobb
National Director, Community Hazard Mitigation
Deputy Chief, Jersey City, N.J. (Retired)

  Fire departments remember 9/11

The 2011 FDNY Battalion 18 memorial service in New York City included 343 American flags, one flag for each FDNY firefighter who was lost.

Fire departments nationwide commemorated 9/11 in various ways, and ISO employees attended many of the ceremonies. Here’s a look at how towns in New Jersey, Tennessee, and New York remembered.

More about 9/11 »

  Industry experts speak out

ISO Community Mitigation Manager Bradley Bain, ISO Field Representative Ralph Roberts, Tucson (Ariz.) Fire Chief Jim Critchley, ISO Community Mitigation Director Butch Cobb, and ISO Field Representatives Mike Stokes and Peyton Bullen meet in front of the ISO booth at FRI.

Fire Rescue International 2011
ISO participated in the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire Rescue International (FRI) in Atlanta, Georgia, the week of August 23, 2011. In addition to hosting a well-attended ISO booth, Butch Cobb, ISO’s national director of community hazard mitigation, and manager Skip Gibson presented two educational programs.

More about FRI »

  Fire Chiefs Online

ISO is currently updating the Fire Chiefs OnlineSM website, and we’ll be releasing the revision by the end of the year. Read about what’s coming.

More about Fire Chiefs Online »

  On the job

Jeff Edwards, Assistant Chief, Millsap Volunteer Fire Department
Firefighter Peyton Bullen stands proudly in front of a Southwest Lee County Fire Department fire truck.

Peyton Bullen
ISO Field Representative
Assistant Fire Chief, Almaville Volunteer Fire Rescue Department

As an ISO field representative in Tennessee for the past six years, Peyton Bullen has evaluated fire protection in communities across the state and helped formulate Public Protection Classification (PPC™) gradings in accordance with ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) — the criteria ISO uses in reviewing the firefighting capabilities of individual communities. To ensure that the fire service of Tennessee understands the FSRS, Peyton assists the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy every year as an instructor for the ISO PPC gradings course.

More about Peyton »

  You Make the Call

A fire at this commercial warehouse can pose challenges for the fire service.

New Challenge
You face challenging fires all the time. You’ve received training to assess different types of fires and determine the best firefighting approach. In each issue of Community Fire Protection News, we’ll show you a real building fire and ask you to make the call on a number of different measures. Just reply to this e-mail and tell us your answers. We’ll include the results in the next issue.

More about firefighting »

  Register for FCO

Many of our readers are registered users of Fire Chiefs OnlineSM, ISO’s free secured website for fire chiefs. The website is loaded with information and features to help you manage your community’s fire suppression services and improve your community’s Public Protection Classification (PPC™). If you’re already a user, go to www.isogov.com for access. You’ll find interactive GIS maps of your fire protection area, valuable reports on commercial buildings in your jurisdiction, a Needed Fire Flow Estimator, and a Community Outreach Questionnaire to let us know about the latest fire protection improvements in your community. If you’re not yet a user, register now.

If you’ve forgotten your password, call 1-800-444-4554, option 2, and ask for the FCO administrator.

  Upcoming Events

Please note the following fire service events that ISO plans to attend in the fourth quarter of 2011. We’ll announce more upcoming events soon.

Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association Conference
October 20–22
St. Cloud, MN

IAFC–Volunteer and Combination Officers Section Symposium
November 10–13
Clearwater Beach, FL

  ISO websites

www.isomitigation.com — ISO Mitigation Online for community officials; learn all about ISO’s PPC™ program

www.isogov.com — ISO Government Solutions for government and communities, and Fire Chiefs OnlineSM for registered fire chiefs

www.iso.com — ISO’s website for property/casualty insurers

  Fire Service websites




  Have a suggestion?

We welcome your feedback. If you have questions or a topic you’d like to suggest, send e-mail to fco@iso.com. Or call us at
1-800-444-4554, option 2.