New honor for Roanoke Fire-EMS could save residents money

New honor for Roanoke Fire-EMS could save residents money

ROANOKE, VA-- Roanoke's fire department just got a designation that only 132 departments in the nation have.

Tuesday morning, the department announced they have been rated by Insurance Services Office Incorporated to a Class 1 fire protection service.

So what does that mean? This classification assesses how well the department can get fires out. Class 1 is the best possible rating. Only five cities in Virginia have that rating, and Roanoke is the only one in the area.

A news release from the city explained the rating saying: "The ISO classification, known as the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, assesses the fire-protection efforts in a particular 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."

Fire Chief David Hoback says this new distinction could leave residents and business owners with more money in their pockets. " It can translate into lower insurance costs, lower progression of increases for insurance. When we went from a 3 to a 2, that was really big for the residential, but now going from a 2 to a 1, it's really going to have an impact on commercial," explained Hoback.

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