Fall 2013

Fall 2013
Welcome to Community Fire Protection News...

Welcome to Community Fire Protection News, our online newsletter for fire chiefs and insurers. We provide concise and topical fire protection information, relevant community mitigation and insurance news, and more.

CFP News is a joint publication of ISO, a member of the Verisk Analytics Family of Companies, and Verisk Insurance Solutions – Commercial Property. In this issue, you’ll learn how ISO and Verisk work to foster community fire protection and promote stronger building codes — benefiting insurers and communities. Our collaborations with the U.S. Fire Administration, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs help us maintain an open dialogue among the fire service, building code officials, and insurers.

We felt especially privileged to recently host the International Fire Service Leaders Symposium at our Jersey City headquarters. Read about the symposium and how we stay on top of key issues in community fire protection. Be sure to view our “You Make the Call” video, which shows how fire affects a commercial building of lightweight truss construction. And take note of our Insurers’ Report column, where we give you the startling results of a hazard mitigation study and the effects on total losses.

In the battle against property loss, fire department officials around the country can be confident that ISO is an objective source for information and technical support, and insurers can rest assured that Verisk will provide them with the services and tools they need to remain competitive.


Robert L. Andrews
Vice President, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation


William M. Raichle
President, Verisk Insurance Solutions – Commercial Property

ISO meets with U.S. Fire Administration to discuss community fire protection

September 9, 2013

SO and Verisk recently had a unique opportunity to meet with one of the foremost organizations in the fire service — the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

ISO joins Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®) to promote stronger building codes

September 8, 2013

ISO evaluates the effectiveness and enforcement of building codes in more than 21,000 individual communities nationwide representing 87 percent of the U.S. population.

Fire Chiefs Online enhancements help improve community fire suppression capabilities — and that helps insurers

September 7, 2013

We’re excited to share some important enhancements to Fire Chiefs Online.

Butch Cobb, National Director, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation

September 6, 2013

Butch Cobb during his active duty as chief of operations, Jersey City (N.J.) Fire Department.

Verisk hosts the International Fire Service Leaders Symposium at Jersey City headquarters

September 5, 2013

ISO recently hosted the two-day International Fire Service Leaders Symposium.

ISO makes a statement at IAFC Fire-Rescue International 2013

September 4, 2013

During the week of August 12, 2013, ISO and leaders from the fire service convened in Chicago, Illinois, for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference.

Insurers’ Report

September 3, 2013

In the Insurers’ Report column, we’ll be discussing some common questions we get from insurers.

You Make the Call

September 2, 2013

You face challenging fires all the time. You’ve received training to assess different types of fires and determine the best firefighting approach.

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