Spring 2016

Spring 2016
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 help our readers prepare for the upcoming wildfire season by exploring the increasing risks of wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas and their rapid spread in the eastern United States. We continue that theme in an interview with the U.S. Fire Administrator, Chief Ernest Mitchell, Jr., the nation’s top fire service official. Other articles examine the 2015 California wildfire season and define the difference between the Public Protection Classification (PPC™) and FireLine™ programs.

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

Fire risk in the WUI: An interview with U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell

April 6, 2016

One of the central topics facing the fire service is the fact that trends indicate fire risk has been growing in the wildland-urban interface (WUI).

The difference between FireLine™ and PPC™

By Brad Bain, Dr. Arindam Samanta
April 5, 2016

Fire. It’s a basic combination of three elements that surround us every day: heat, fuel, and oxygen. While we recognize it’s a danger, most people rarely think about fire as they go about their lives.

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.

California burning: An analysis of the summer 2015 wildfires

With at least six lives lost and thousands of properties destroyed from raging wildfires, the summer of 2015 was a season of terrible devastation for Northern California.

ISO releases major state building code report

April 1, 2016

ISO released the National Building Code Assessment Report on the status of the nation’s building codes, including individual assessments of each participating state.

You make The Call

March 31, 2016

The ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is strongly influenced by the NFPA 1620 recommendation for annual preincident planning.

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