The ISO's Public Protection Classification Program recently upgraded
Insurance companies use the information to help establish fire insurance premiums, generally offering lower premiums in communities with better protection. A rating of 1 is the best possible score, and 10 is the worst.
Just how much the improved rating might impact insurance rates in the city was unclear, though.
"I would say it would not be a tremendous difference," said
Pepper pointed out that other factors, such as the type of construction, also impact insurance rates.
The analysis included an on-site visit and review of training, station locations, personnel, water pressure and communications.
"Our department has been focused on reaching the best rating, which is 1, and this brings us another step closer to that goal," he said in a statement.
Pepper said ratings of 1 are rare, and he has never personally seen one in his business.
Thornton said the city's firefighters have been focused on improving their training, inspecting hydrants and enhancing relations with the water department and 911 dispatch. They also have been conducting outreach to reduce risk in the community, including visits to senior centers and schools.
The improved rating comes as Thornton appears to be the favorite to permanently replace Chief
"I'm just kind of getting out front to say he's done a good job, the guys are working good together and my recommendation would be to the
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