ISO Mitigation SLIDERS v04 CommunityFire

CFP Newsletter Summer 2013

Summer 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, our lead story focuses on a significant new addition to ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule: The Community Risk Reduction section recognizes community efforts to reduce losses through fire prevention, public fire safety education, and fire investigation. And don’t miss the groundbreaking news that we identified the six millionth fire hydrant in the United States and added it to our GIS database. Be sure to view our “You Make the Call” video, which explores the operational considerations of residential fires. And take note of our “Insurers’ Report” column, where we explain the new split classifications in our Public Protection Classification (PPC™) structure.

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

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

Insurers' Report

Insurers' Report

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

ISO Brings Together Fire Service Leaders and Insurers at The Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

On May 8–9, 2013, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) hosted the 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars in Washington, D.C.
Fire Hydrant

Six Millionth Fire Hydrant Recorded in the United States — ISO Determines 10 Percent of Water Supplies Insufficient

ISO, which maintains the only national fire hydrant database in the United States, has identified and recorded the six millionth fire hydrant in the country.
Revising and Improving

Revising and Improving PPC: Community Risk Reduction

In our last newsletter, we announced the filing of our revised Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), with changes effective for community grading surveys initiated on or after July 1, 2013.

Commercial Property Roundtable: Emerging Issues

Verisk Commercial Property held its first-ever Commercial Property Roundtable in Orlando, Florida, in April.
damaged house

Establishing and enforcing stronger building codes

Attendees of BuildStrong’s National Thought Leaders Forum on Building Codes were surveyed on what they believe best describes why the costs of damage from natural disasters continue to rise every year.
Fire Operations Reporting System

National Fire Operations Reporting System Stakeholder Meeting

Butch Cobb, national director of ISO’s Community Hazard Mitigation Programs, and Bob Glunt, PPC technical coordinator, Risk Engineering, attended a stakeholder meeting on March 19 and 20 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. for the National Fire Operations Reporting System.
On the Job

On the Job: Hugh Gibson, Manager, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation

Skip Gibson at his swearing-in ceremony for the Cherry Hill Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners, with Cherry Hill Township Councilman Jim Bannar, a fellow retired firefighter.

You make the call: Summer 2013

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

Have a suggestion?

We welcome your feedback.
If you have questions or would like to suggest a topic, send an e-mail to
Or call us at 1-800-444-4554, option 2.

Follow us:

  • Google Plus
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn

Upcoming Events

AWWA Utility Mgt Conference
Feb 20, 2018
VA Chiefs
Feb 21, 2018
RESA Escape Fire Weekend
Feb 24, 2018