The City of Forney and Forney Fire Department are excited to announce that the department has been awarded a Class 1 rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), and organization that independently evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the United States.
ISO ratings are assigned to communities based on scoring criteria: 50% of the score is the total classification of the fire department itself, this includes personnel and equipment; another 40% of the score is the total classification of the City’s water supply system, this includes infrastructure, water supply, water flow and pressure; the final 10% of the score is the total classification of the City’s dispatch capabilities. There are also supplemental points given to the City because of the building code and inspection departments. A community has to contact ISO to initiate an audit. The results are then tabulated after which ISO will change the classification.
“We are very pleased as departments that the ISO has enhanced our rating from a 2 to a 1, we have put many hours into this achieving this enhanced rating and are glad residents will see the benefit.” said Fire Marshal John Holcomb. Fire Marshal Holcomb continued, “The lowered ISO rating should reduce property insurance rates inside City limits, and ISO will be coordinating with the Texas Department of Insurance and the State Fire Marshal’s office to push out this information.”
The ISO estimates that nationwide, there are about 180 Class 1 departments and 52 in the state of Texas.