CFP News

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.

An Introduction by Tom Weber

By Tom Weber
August 3, 2015

I’d like to use this edition of Community Fire Protection News to introduce myself. I started my career with the City of Sunrise, Florida, Fire Department in 1977.

Save My Fire Station, Save My House

By Robert Cobb, Mike Waters
July 30, 2015

In many communities across the country, the existence of a local fire station is a matter of significant pride and assurance that, if needed, emergency responders will arrive quickly to bring an incident to a safe and successful conclusion.

Creede, Colorado, Fire Department: From natural resources to resourcefulness

By Timothy Young
July 29, 2015

The ISO Community Hazard Mitigation staff visits a lot of fire departments in our quest to evaluate the quality of public fire protection for our Public Protection Classification (PPC) program.

Community Mitigation Articles

July 29, 2015

ISO provides a wide-range of resources on Community Mitigation. On this page are articles that you will find useful and informative.

The building has a sprinkler, now what?

April 4, 2015

Sprinkler systems are critical fire safety measures. But knowing whether a building has a sprinkler system is only part of assessing potential property loss.

How prepared is your local fire department? Public Protection Classification (PPC) helps answer that question and more

April 3, 2015

Numbers don’t lie. Statistical data shows that better fire protection means lower fire losses. That’s why property insurers turn to Public Protection Classification (PPC™).

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