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Fire Department’s “Fire Protection Rating” Improves

Good afternoon, and happy Friday!

I’m happy to forward to you this news release which went out today, it’s all about how well our Fire Department is doing on it’s “Fire Protection Rating” – they are very near the top of the rating, and I think we can all be proud of the fine work they do, and their efforts in continual improvement.

Please read below for the details of this accomplishment!


~ malcolm


For Immediate Release
February 8, 2013

Stan Maupin Deputy Fire Chief
Redwood City Fire Department

Redwood City Fire Department’s “Fire Protection Rating” Improves in Latest Evaluation by Insurance Industry Advisory Firm 
Redwood City, CA – The Redwood City Fire Department announced today   that after extensive evaluation its fire-protection services, as rated   by an insurance industry advisory company, improved from a Class 3 to a   Class 2.
The classification by Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), known as the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, assesses the  fire-protection efforts in a particular community. The Redwood City Fire   Department was graded on: Communications, Water Supply, Operations,  Training, and Fire Prevention Codes and programs. The department  received an overall score of 89.27 out of possible 100 total points.  This new rating places the department in the top 1% safest of all U.S.  municipal rated fire departments.
Our recent evaluation indicates the commitment made by our  City Council, City Management, the Redwood City Water Division, and San Mateo County’s Public Safety Communications,” said Fire Chief James Skinner. “We are extremely proud and dedicated to be providing the best services to our community.
ISO   collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in  communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using its Fire Suppression Rating  Schedule (FSRS). The company then assigns a Public Protection  Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior  property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s  fire-suppression program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria.
By classifying communities’ ability to suppress fires, ISO helps  the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The  program provides an objective, nationwide standard that helps fire  departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and  training. And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting  services.
ISO provides statistical, actuarial, underwriting, claims, and  related information and analyses to insurers, reinsurers, agents,  insurance regulators, and other government agencies. For more  information, visit the ISO mitigation website at
Visit the Redwood City Fire Department’s website at for fire prevention, disaster preparedness, and other important information. Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community,  recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood   City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting

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