CFP News

Resilience: An American underdog story

By Jason G. Taylor
January 5, 2016

America loves a good underdog story. Maybe it’s because our country started out as one, or maybe it’s just human nature. Perhaps the iconic movie character who epitomizes the spirit of the underdog is Rocky Balboa from the Rocky movies. This undersized everyman fighter from working-class Philadelphia competed without the benefit of modern training or support and still achieved his full potentia...

Fort Lauderdale Fire Station 2: The nation’s busiest

By Tom Weber
January 4, 2016

L-R: Robert Andrews, vice president and chief field operations officer, Verisk Insurance Solutions – Underwriting; Bradley Bain, CFPS, vice president, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation; Tom Weber, national director, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation; and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chiefs Bob Hoecherl, Chantel Botting, and Jeff Lucas. For 35 years, Firehouse magazine has published an annual nationa...

San Antonio becomes first Texas community to earn BCEGS® Class 1

By Dale Thomure
January 3, 2016

Roderick J. Sanchez, AICP, CBO Director, Development Services Department In September 2016, the City of San Antonio became the first community in Texas to earn a classification of 1 from ISO Community Hazard Mitigation’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS ® ). After reviewing San Antonio’s Development Services Department (DSD), ISO was happy to acknowledge the department’s...

Vision 20/20: A plan for the future of the fire service

By Jim Crawford
January 2, 2016

It’s perhaps easier to explain what Vision 20/20 is by explaining what it’s not. It’s not an appointment with your optometrist. It’s not an organization. It’s a special project that grew out of a national planning process intended to create a vision of what fire safety, prevention, and protection efforts in the United States should look like in the year 2020. The title recognizes the fire...

Building codes show significant improvement in states participating in BCEGS®

By Dale Thomure
January 1, 2016

In February 2016, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation published our National Building Code Assessment Report , which provided a snapshot of the nation’s building codes. However, that moment in time doesn’t tell the whole story, so we created our National Building Code Analysis —an analysis of each state—and reported on the trends we identified. That analysis, released in October, was, quite frankly...

Communities embrace new CRR section of FSRS

By Edward H. Kensler
September 5, 2015

The revised ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), which identifies criteria used to assess a community’s fire protection services, now provides extra credit for community risk reduction (CRR) activities.

Talking about “Community Benefits”

September 4, 2015

In this informal video, Tom Weber, national director of ISO Community Hazard Mitigation, and Rick Stoll, director of product development for Verisk Insurance Solutions, discuss why a good ISO rating is important to a community’s economic health. The video is the first in ISO’s Fire and Data Conversations video series.

On the Job: Chief Anthony Raffin

By Tom Weber
September 3, 2015

Recently, Tom Weber, national director of ISO Community Hazard Mitigation, interviewed Chief Anthony Raffin, chief of the Fairview Park (Ohio) Fire Department.

Class 1 communities: How we did it

By Hugh “Skip” Gibson
September 2, 2015

Achieving a Class 1 rating for local fire protection efforts based on ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) Public Protection Classification (PPC) can be a significant accomplishment.

National Fire Sprinkler Association President Shane Ray on new directions

By Tom Weber
September 1, 2015

Last May, Shane Ray was elected president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). In an interview with Tom Weber, national director of ISO Community Hazard Mitigation, Ray talks about his leadership style, his plans for the NFSA, and the challenges ahead for the organization.

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 for more information.

ISO and Verisk websites

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