Tom Weber

Former National Director, Community Hazard Mitigation, Verisk. Tom Weber is now retired.

The importance of firefighting training for solar panels

By Tom Weber
April 5, 2017

There are more than 1.3 million photovoltaic (PV) solar systems installed in homes and businesses nationwide, with 1.2 million of them on residential buildings. And the number is growing. The systems produce renewable energy through rooftop solar panels and are part of the green building movement. Renewable energy sources offer many benefits, but also present some additional safety considerations for firefighters.

I never saw that coming — Cancer in the fire service

By Tom Weber
September 1, 2016

The situation has become so dire that 33 states and 9 Canadian provinces made cancer a presumptive job-related injury.

Wildland-urban interface risks are increasing

By Tom Weber
April 4, 2016

According to Tom Harbour, former director of the United States Forest Service (USFS), 2015 was a record year for the national fire season.

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...

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.

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.

On the Job: Rhoda Mae Kerr

By Tom Weber
April 1, 2015

Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is a fourth-generation firefighter who recently became the first woman elected president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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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