Summer 2018

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.

Verisk’s Commitment to Safer Communities

By Tom Weber
August 14, 2018

It’s been happening for years: firefighters and department staff are dealing less and less with actual fires and more and more with other emergency and nonemergency calls for service. The trend is no secret in the fire service.

ISO brings experience and expertise to building code reviews

By Robert L. Andrews
August 14, 2018

Fortunately for our community partners, residents, and insurers who rely on our information, ISO's BCEGS® staff consists of more than 20 full-time team members who have extensive related experience.

On the job: David Hyland

August 14, 2018

Community Fire Protection News will profile a member of the ISO Community Hazard Mitigation team in each issue. For our first spotlight, meet David Hyland.

ISO’s PPC database reaches 9 million hydrants

August 14, 2018

As part of ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC®) program, we locate, identify, and track the fire hydrants in the United States. This past February we reached a milestone— more than 9 million hydrants in the United States.

You make the call

August 14, 2018

The initial “size-up” of a commercial property is critical for determining the fire department’s effectiveness in fighting a structure fire. An effective size-up starts with pre-incident planning activities.

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