CFP News

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.

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.

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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