Hugh “Skip” Gibson

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.

Accurate records key to efficient ISO grading

A community’s investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predictor of future fire losses. Insurers recognize this and generally offer lower premiums in communities with better protection. To determine a community’s fire protection ability, many insurers rely on ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, which evaluates and rates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the United States.

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.

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