ISO Contest

To celebrate the launch of our “Fire Fighter Tool Kit” we will be holding two (2) social media contests in which those who have earned a  Class 1, 2, or 3 may participate.

Twitter Contest
How to Enter: In order to enter into our twitter challenge

  • Upload and tweet a picture of your department representing your PPC Grade. You can enter as many times as you would like however only the picture with the most seals will win.
  • In order to officially submit your photo and tag us @ISO_Mitigation  + use the hashtag #--------. 
  • The goal is to have as many seals as possible in your picture, whether it is on a shirt, hat, mug or anything else you can put the seal on.  

How to Win: The department that has the picture that features the most seals in it will be the winner of the contest.

Prize: An Omaha Steak – Weekender Combo for your fire house to enjoy, as well as a featured article in our next Newsletter show casing your department.

Facebook Contest
How to Enter: In order to enter our Facebook contest

  • Post a picture of your department representing its PPC Seal on your Facebook page and tag us (
  • Add the hashtag #-----------
  • Encourage your team and community to share, comment and like your post

How to Win: The picture posted that receives the most likes, comments, and shares (accumulative) will be the winner.
Prize: An Omaha Steak – Weekender Combo for your fire house to enjoy, as well as a featured article in our next Newsletter show casing your department.

Get your PPC 1,2, and 3 seals here.ISO Seal Product Collage

Thanks to all that responded to our recent Public Protection Classification (PPC™) survey. Your feedback is very much appreciated and has helped guide our efforts regarding ISO Class artwork. Many departments expressed an interest in promoting their ISO PPC Grade, so we provide complimentary PPC seal artwork for various promotional efforts.

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sprinkler head lgIn the Insurers’ Report column, we discuss some common questions we receive from insurers. If you have a question you’d like answered, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Keep your eye on future issues for your question (and our answer).

If SLICE-RS is reshaping how firefighters attack fires, what are the implications for ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS)? In other words, will new firefighting tactics affect how ISO rates firefighting departments moving forward?

Before we answer the question, a little background: SLICE-RS is an acronym that outlines the latest firefighting tactics. It stands for Size-up, Locate the fire, Isolate the flow path, Cool from a safe distance, Extinguish, Rescue and Salvage at any time in the process. It updates a previous acronym used by firefighting departments: RECEO-VS, which stands for Rescue, Exposure, Confine, Extinguish, Overhaul and Ventilate, Salvage. Both methods are the result of exhaustive study in the firefighting field.

The FSRS considers three main areas of a community’s fire suppression system: emergency communications, 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.

Does the change in tactics lead to a change in rating? The short answer: Time will tell. It may take some time to realize the potential effect that SLICE-RS may have on ISO’s rating and the insurance industry in general. But it’s hard to imagine that a widely accepted shift in tactics would create a negative effect in how ISO rates the fire departments that elect to deploy those tactics.

In fact, the only change may be positive. The new SLICE-RS strategy calls for a quicker application of water, which may result in a reduction in loss from fire.

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Working Together

ISO Community Hazard Mitigation actively works with fire departments, building departments, water suppliers, and municipalities with our Public Protection Classification (PPC™), Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®), water outreach, and emergency communication center review programs. With your participation and cooperation, we will attain our ultimate goal: safer communities.

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