CFP News

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.

On the job: David Hyland

August 14, 2018

Community Fire Protection News will profile a member of the ISO Community Hazard Mitigation team in each issue. For our first spotlight, meet David Hyland.

ISO’s PPC database reaches 9 million hydrants

August 14, 2018

As part of ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC®) program, we locate, identify, and track the fire hydrants in the United States. This past February we reached a milestone— more than 9 million hydrants in the United States.

You make the call

August 14, 2018

The initial “size-up” of a commercial property is critical for determining the fire department’s effectiveness in fighting a structure fire. An effective size-up starts with pre-incident planning activities.

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 Verisk uses in reviewing the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas. To recieve a copy of the FSRS, contact our National Processing Center at 1-800-444-4554 and select Option 2.

H2O and Verisk

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 Hugh Gibson, national water resources manager, at for more information.

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