RAT­ING

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“The re­sults are that our Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Clas­si­fi­ca­tion (PPC) went from a 3/9 to a 3/3x ef­fec­tive March 1, 2019,” Ballew said.

The ISO’S Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Clas­si­fi­ca­tion re­view in­cludes site vis­its, records ex­am­i­na­tion and ob­ser­va­tions as of­fi­cials eval­u­ate fire depart­ment op­er­a­tions, water sup­ply, emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and com­mu­nity risk re­duc­tion.

ISO of­fi­cials an­a­lyze the data and then as­sign a PPC 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.

Ballew says the new rat­ing is the best he’s seen dur­ing his time on the job.

“This is the best grade we’ve ever seen in my ten­ure, 50-plus years as a fire­fighter,” Ballew said. “We lacked just a small amount of points in get­ting a 2.”

The bet­ter PPC rat­ing means the city could be look­ing at lower fire in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums in the fu­ture.

Ballew said the City Coun­cil sup­port has gone a long way in help­ing the depart­ment im­prove its rat­ing.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the coun­cil and every­thing they’ve done for us be­cause with­out y’all, we couldn’t achieve this,” Ballew said.

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