CFP News

ISO releases new, updated national state building code report

March 15, 2019

ISO has released the 2019 National Building Code Assessment Report, which details the status of the nation’s building codes, including individual assessments of each participating state. The report provides a detailed state-level examination of building codes and their enforcement. This edition is an update of ISO’s groundbreaking 2015 report.

The changing story of firefighting: A tale that needs to be told

By Kevin Kuntz
March 14, 2019

Changes in the built environment and the contents of structures are creating new challenges on the front lines of firefighting. That’s the reality that firefighters and emergency services personnel are facing. It’s a story that municipal officials, residents, and insurers need to know and understand to help build safer communities and reduce fire loss.

The hidden killers of firefighters

By Tom Weber
March 13, 2019

A career in the fire/emergency service is one of the most rewarding a person can have. The feeling you get when you make a positive impact on someone’s life—perhaps even saving that life—is hard to beat. Those experiences are why many of us become firefighters and why we stay in the service both as professionals and volunteers. Of course, firefighting is also an extremely dangerous career, and those dangers go beyond the obvious perils of responding to fires and other emergencies.

Firefighter health and safety resources

By CFP News
March 13, 2019

Firefighting is a dangerous occupation, and that goes beyond the risk of fighting fires (see “The Hidden Killers of Firefighters,” also in this issue of CFP News). First responders selflessly sacrifice their time and put themselves at risk to help their communities, so it’s good to know there are organizations that acknowledge their personal sacrifice and are dedicated to improving their safety and health. This article outlines a few of the national organizations.

ISO recognized for commitment to disaster safety and resilience

By Ray Palermo
March 12, 2019

ISO has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen homes and safeguard families from natural and man-made disasters.

The importance of decontamination and cleaning - You make the call

By Tom Weber
March 11, 2019

Contrary to public perception, the major cause of death for firefighters is not fire—it’s cancer. From January 1, 2002, to March 31, 2017, cancer caused 61 percent of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths, according to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), with 70 percent in 2016 alone.

The difference between FireLine® and PPC®

By Brad Bain, Dr. Arindam Samanta
March 10, 2019

Because the risk for loss is so high, insurers use various tools to determine fire loss potential for properties they insure. Two of these tools are from Verisk/ISO: Public Protection Classification (PPC®) and FireLine®. Each program uniquely addresses various aspects of fire prevention and loss. Here are the very important differences between them.

Sound advice from a strong leader of a unique department: An interview with Chief Anthony McDowell, Henrico County Division of Fire

By Hugh “Skip” Gibson
August 14, 2018

The Henrico County Division of Fire, an internationally accredited fire department, earned the highest possible rating from ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC®) program, making it an ISO Class 1 community. Chief Anthony McDowell explains his strategy.

Verisk’s Commitment to Safer Communities

By Tom Weber
August 14, 2018

It’s been happening for years: firefighters and department staff are dealing less and less with actual fires and more and more with other emergency and nonemergency calls for service. The trend is no secret in the fire service.

ISO brings experience and expertise to building code reviews

By Robert L. Andrews
August 14, 2018

Fortunately for our community partners, residents, and insurers who rely on our information, ISO's BCEGS® staff consists of more than 20 full-time team members who have extensive related experience.

ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule

Our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is free to chiefs and other fire officials. It's a manual containing the criteria ISO uses in reviewing the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas. Go to Fire Chiefs Online to access your complimentary copy of the FSRS. If you're not yet registered, register here.

H2O and ISO

Water supply and distribution systems are important factors in determining a community’s ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC®). We provide complimentary educational training and seminars to water providers and associations throughout the country. Contact Anthony Zampella, national water resources manager, at 908-821-7689 or e-mail azampella@iso.com for more information.

ISO and Verisk websites

  • isomitigation.com
    ISO Mitigation Online for community officials; learn all about ISO’s PPC® program and BCEGS® program