Illinois State Fire Marshal issued the following announcement on July 12.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal offers its congratulations to the Oak Lawn Fire Department for being awarded an ISO Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating!
According to Oak Lawn Fire Chief Mike Mavrogeorge, "An ISO Classification of 1 has long been a symbol of excellence in the fire service across the country. Our team worked very hard over the past year with the goal of achieving ISO Class 1. We are proud to deliver outstanding fire protection to our citizens and are always looking for ways to improve the services we provide." Oak Lawn now joins the list of 22 other Illinois fire departments who have the ISO Class 1 rating.
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) provides statistical information on risk. ISO's rating system evaluates communities in four primary categories:
• Emergency communications systems, including facilities for the public to report fires, staffing, training, certification of telecommunications and facilities for dispatching fire departments.
• The fire department, including equipment, staffing, training and geographical deployment of fire companies.
• The water supply system, including the inspections and flow testing of hydrants and a careful evaluation of the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires.
• Community efforts to reduce the risk of fire, including fire prevention codes and enforcement, public fire safety education and fire investigation programs.
ISO is a nation-wide organization that rates more than 46,000 fire departments throughout the United States on their overall ability to respond to fires. Classification ratings range from 1 to 10, with 1 being the top rating. The Public Protection Classification rating is sometimes used by insurance companies to calculate premium rates. Higher classification ratings of a fire department or fire district reflect overall protection, typically leading to better rates received by community members.
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