Spring 2015

Spring 2015
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 Verisk Insurance Solutions and its ISO Community Hazard Mitigation business. In this issue, we show you how Verisk’s FireLine™ product can help insurers manage property risk in the wildland-urban interface and how Public Protection Classification (PPC®) can help a community improve its fire protection efforts; we explain that regular testing is critical to a building’s sprinkler system.

This issue also includes many other industry updates and insights. We hope you’ll find our latest information useful in your own efforts to keep people and property safe against fire and other catastrophes.

Robert L. Andrews
Vice President and Chief Field Operations Officer
Verisk Insurance Solutions

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™).

How insurers can prepare for wildland fires

April 2, 2015

As someone who devoted so much of his life preparing for emergency scenarios, I’m amazed how the actuaries, engineers, scientists, and other professionals at Verisk find new ways to merge different disciplines to generate advanced analytical predictive tools. One such tool is FireLine™.

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.

You Make the Call: Search and rescue operations

March 31, 2015

We want to poll our readers to determine when you believe search and rescue operations should begin on a fire ground.

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