Winter 2010
Welcome to Community Fire Protection News...

Welcome to the first issue of Community Fire Protection News, ISO’s online newsletter for concise and topical fire-protection information, tips for navigating ISO websites, relevant industry news, and more. As a user of Fire Chiefs Online or ISO Mitigation Online, you may already know ISO. But if you’re new to ISO, please take a look and explore the links. Then, join us in our quest to mitigate the risks of losses from fire in municipalities around the country.


Robert “Butch” Cobb
National Director, Community Hazard Mitigation
Deputy Chief, Jersey City, N.J. (retired)

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“Through the Smoke” Podcast

At the IAFC Fire-Rescue International, held in August 2009 in Dallas, Chief Billy Goldfeder conducted a “Through the Smoke” podcast.
ISO Property Report

Fire Chiefs Online Toolbox

We want you to get the most value from Fire Chiefs Online.
Industry Experts

Industry Experts Speak Out

“The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is pleased to congratulate ISO on their inaugural issue of Community Fire Protection News.
On the Job

On the Job: Chris Lummus

At ISO for more than 38 years, Chris Lummus is involved in surveying and grading communities to develop PPC™ and Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) classifications for the Mid-Central states.

Chris Lummus
Manager, Community Hazard Mitigation

At ISO for more than 38 years, Chris Lummus is involved in surveying and grading communities to develop PPC™ and Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) classifications for the Mid-Central states.

Chris is a trained and certified firefighter and currently serves as a captain of the Perryville, Tex., Volunteer Fire Department — a small, rural department with responses including EMS assist with basic and advanced life-support capabilities, motor vehicle accidents, grass/brush/forest fires, and residential and commercial structure fires. In addition to being one of 12 active firefighters in the department, Chris also serves as chaplain and principal grant writer.

Although Chris is retiring from ISO this year, he plans to continue his work in the fire service.

Fred E. Brower
Manager, Community Infrastructure Information

During Fred Browers’s 36 years at ISO, he’s been involved in surveying communities to determine PPC and in surveying commercial buildings to develop information on construction and occupancies, hazards, and sprinkler fire protection. He heads up the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) revision team and coordinates activities with government entities in the homeland security arena. Fred also helped develop our Quality Review programs to ensure that building surveys adhere to the most rigorous quality-assurance measures.

Fred has led a varied life in the fire service, including serving as deputy chief and fire chief for the College Park, Md., Volunteer Fire Department and battalion chief for the Newark, N.J., Auxiliary Fire Department. During Fred’s tenure as a volunteer division chief in Prince George’s County, Md., he was instrumental in developing the incident command system.

Fred is certified by the National Professional Qualifications Review Board as a Firefighter II, Fire Instructor III, and Fire Officer II and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


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Interested in seeing all the commercial buildings in your municipality that exist in ISO’s Specific Property Information (SPI Plus®) database? On the home page of the Fire Chiefs Online website, click on Property Reports. 

You’ll be able to view and update all the commercial Property Reports within your jurisdiction. Property Reports provide needed fire flow, construction class, square footage, hazards, and occupancies, as well as information about the construction of roofs, walls, and floors. Using the information provided in the Property Reports will help you effectively assess your fire-suppression needs and capabilities. The reports also make an ideal source of information for preplanning.

Like what you’re seeing and want to include additional authorized users from your fire department? You can add and manage up to five more users under your registration. Click on Tools, and from the left menu select “Add User.” Enter the information for the user and click “Submit.” On the next page, click the link“Assign Permissions to the User.” To select the new user, click on the new user’s name, set user permissions for the functions identified, and click “Edit User Permissions.”

Many of our readers are registered users of Fire Chiefs Online — ISO’s free secure website for fire chiefs. The website is loaded with information and features to help you manage your community’s fire-suppression services and improve your community’s Public Protection Classification (PPC™). If you’re already a user, go to for access. You’ll find interactive GIS maps of your fire protection area, valuable reports on commercial buildings in your jurisdiction, a Needed Fire Flow Estimator, and a Community Outreach Questionnaire to let us know about the latest fire-protection improvements in your community. If you're not yet a user, register now.

If you’ve forgotten your password, call 1-800-444-4554, option 2 and ask for the FCO administrator.

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Working Together

ISO Community Hazard Mitigation actively works with fire departments, building departments, water suppliers, and municipalities with our Public Protection Classification (PPC™), Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®), water outreach, and emergency communication center review programs. With your participation and cooperation, we will attain our ultimate goal: safer communities.

Featured Content:

ISO Announces a New and Exciting Partnership with ESCI

Municipal officials, administrators, and fire chiefs need to know how their fire department compares to their peers. Now, Emergency Service Consulting International (ESCI), the consulting arm of the International Fire Chiefs Association (IAFC), teams with ISO to produce peer-review benchmark analyses. Learn more>>

Fire Suppression Rating Schedule

ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), evaluates four primary categories of fire suppression — fire department, emergency communications, water supply, and community risk reduction. The FSRS includes standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Click here to see the standards and registration instructions. Learn more about the FSRS and obtain the latest edition.

Chief Thomas Weber

Fire Service

Chief Thomas Weber

National Director, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation

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Anthony Zampella

Water Resources

Anthony Zampella

National Water Resources manager, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation

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Joseph Fratantaro

Emergency Communications

Joseph Fratantaro

Manager, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation

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Dale Thomure

Building Codes

Dale Thomure

Manager, Community Hazard Mitigation (BCEGS)

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