Gainesville Fire Receives ISO Rating of One
The Gainesville Fire Department will officially attain an ISO (Insurance Services Office) One Classification October 1 of this year. The long awaited news was shared with the Gainesville City Council during a work session Thursday morning. City Manager Kip Padgett commended the actions of Gainesville Fire, Gainesville Public Utilities and Hall County 911 Communications for making this possible.
“Gainesville is now one of only two Class One ISO Departments in the State of Georgia, sharing this honor with Macon-Bibb County. This achievement shows a commitment to public protection that is second to none. This is a great example of departmental and intergovernmental cooperation. Both past and present employees of these three departments are to be commended,” said Padgett. “To sum it up, this ISO Class 1 says Gainesville has superior property fire protection,” Padgett added.
In order to achieve this new ISO ranking, the City was evaluated in four areas. Listed below is how each area scored:
Fire Chief Jerome Yarbrough says the new classification is the result of planned improvement in several categories. “We converted our pre-plan inspections from paper to ipad which greatly increased the number of inspections we can conduct. We increased the number of on-duty personnel through the Safer Grant to 25 per shift. We increased our reserve truck capacity and our training hours. And, we stepped up our efforts in fire prevention which was added as a new part of the criteria,” said Chief Yarbrough.
The ISO Public Protection Class (PPC) program recognizes the efforts of communities to provide fire protection services for citizens and property owners. Insurances companies use the PPC to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance which generally results in offering lower premiums in communities with a better class protection rating.
The ISO protection class rating is rated with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst. The Gainesville Fire Department is now one of two Class I Fire Departments in Georgia and one of 60 nationwide.
Contact: Fire Chief Jerome Yarbrough, 770-534-3612.