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Albuquerque Fire Department Awarded with the Highest Possible ISO Rating

A decrease in commercial insurance premiums may occure

December 8, 2015

Albuquerque - Mayor Richard J. Berry and Fire Chief David Downey are proud to announce that the Albuquerque Fire Department has earned a Class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), an organization that independently evaluates municipal fire protection capabilities in communities throughout the United States. ISO analyzes fire department and water supply data using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule and then assigns a rating number. The ISO Class 1 rating is the highest rating possible and has been achieved by less than 100 fire departments nationwide. The department was previously a Class 3 rating.

“Receiving the ISO Class 1 rating is an indication of the Albuquerque Fire Department’s tremendous professionalism and efficacy”, said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “I am proud of Chief Downey and our department for earning this prestigious designation and setting a national standard for fire protection and public safety.”

The ISO rating process involves a periodic, detailed analysis of all fire department operations, including fire suppression capabilities, community risk reduction, fire prevention efforts, available equipment, and the distribution of emergency response vehicles. The evaluation includes the available water supply and hydrant system provided by the Water Authority.

The program provides an objective nationwide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training and provides a tool for insurance companies to measure the expected performance and capabilities of the area’s fire response force. Insurance companies use rating information to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance, generally offering lower premiums in communities with better protection.

“Evaluation by the Insurance Services Office is extremely comprehensive.  Fire prevention and investigation, training, dispatch, staffing, equipment, and resource deployment capabilities are each reviewed,’ said Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey. “An ISO 1 rating indicates that the risk and cost of property loss due to fire in our community is significantly reduced through both fire prevention and emergency response efforts when a fire does occur.  Achieving an ISO 1 rating is a tremendous accomplishment that benefits the entire community.” 

The new rating will take effect February 1, 2016. AFD encourages business owners to contact their insurance companies to determine how the improved ISO classification may affect commercial insurance premiums.

About the Albuquerque Fire Department

AFD serves New Mexico’s largest city with professional firefighters, who are licensed EMTs and Paramedics. The department responds to more than 80,000 calls for service annually with fifty-seven frontline emergency response apparatus. In addition to fire suppression and emergency medical services, AFD also has special response teams that provide technical rescue, hazardous materials response, and wildland firefighting.

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