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New Public Protection Classification rating goes into effect July 1

Residents encouraged to contact insurance company to see how new rating may impact premiums

Post Date:June 29, 2017 3:00 p.m.

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Release Date:             June 29, 2017—Immediate

 

New Public Protection Classification rating goes into effect July 1
Residents encouraged to contact insurance company to see how new rating may impact premiums

            GRAND ISLAND, Nebr.—In April the City of Grand Island Fire Department (GIFD) received notice of being awarded a top rating of Class 1 by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The GIFD was previously rated as a Class 3.   

            This new Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating will become effective July 1. As a result of the improved ISO rating, property owners in Grand Island are encouraged to check with their insurance companies to see how the new rating may affect their insurance rates.  

             Communities in the United States are rated by the ISO to determine a PPC for individual cities. ISO evaluates a community’s water supply, emergency communications, and fire department to determine how effective the community is at providing structural fire suppression delivery. This rating is published by the ISO and used by insurance companies to determine insurance rates. The ISO develops a PPC number on a scale from 1 to 10, with one being the very best and 10 representing less than minimum recognized fire protection. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC. 

            The Class 1 rating has been achieved by less than 1 percent of fire departments nationwide. Prior to the Grand Island Fire Department, there were no Class 1 fire departments in Nebraska. The ISO currently evaluates 46,042 fire departments in the United States with only 241 fire departments earning a Class 1 rating.  

            The GIFD is made up of 70 dedicated men and women and are an all-hazards department that responds to a variety of emergencies such:  fires, medical calls, hazardous materials, confined space, vehicle collisions, technical rescue, and aircraft incidents. The department responded to approximately 5,000 emergency calls in 2016.        

            For more information about the GIFD, go to www.grand-island.com/fire, www.facebook.com/GI.FireDepartment, or www.twitter.com/GIFireDept

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