A national insurance advisory organization called ISO recently upgraded the city's fire-suppression rating from Class 2 to Class 1.
"That's the best rating that a fire department can get," said
Bratcher announced the improved rating during a dedication ceremony for the city's new ladder truck earlier this month. The truck's 105-foot ladder will be capable of reaching the top of the city's tallest buildings.
"This is a good purchase for our city," Mayor
The new truck was one of the factors that led to the city's improved rating, Bratcher said.
"There is a lot that goes into the rating schedule," he said. "They went to each station. They looked at our engines, they looked at our rescue trucks, they looked at our ladder truck and they've got a grading schedule for each piece of equipment. They look at our training records, they look at our response times, they look at our staff."
Roberts, who owns an insurance firm, and Bratcher both said the city's improved fire rating should lead to lower premiums for businesses and homeowners.
"It makes a big difference to the businesses of
City officials and an ISO executive were unable to provide specific details on how much businesses and homeowners will save as a result of the improved rating.
"Insurers alone are responsible for determining individual premiums," said
There are more than 48,000 fire departments in the
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