By Philip Haldiman
The Peoria Fire-Medial Department has been recognized by the Insurance Services Office as a Class 1 jurisdiction.
“It is a rating that ISO gives to different communities around the country,” said Fire Chief Bobby Ruiz. “ISO classifies individual communities on their fire fighting capabilities.”
The ISO rates jurisdictions on a scale of 1 to 10, with Class1 the top rating for fire suppression programs.
Mr. Ruiz said Peoria is only the second jurisdiction in the state of Arizona to date to receive this distinction. The last inspection was about six years ago, when ISO rated the department as a Class 3 Jurisdiction.
The ISO scores jurisdictions in four categories when determining how to award the jurisdiction: Receiving and Handling Fire Alarms; Fire Department; Water Supply; and Community Risk Reductions.
For the last evaluation, the department received 9.37 points put of a possible 10 for Receiving and Handling Fire Alarms; 38.24 points out of a possible 40 for our Water Supply; but only 31.27 points out of a possible 50 for the Fire Department category.
The city has not received the ISO’s final 2018 report, but has received confirmation that the total points received by the fire department is 44.23 out of a possible 50 points.
Mr. Ruiz said the improvement was due in part to the increase in staffing with the addition of a full-time station at Lake Pleasant, two new full-time ambulances on-duty 24/7, and the implementation of the Low-Acuity Unit stationed at Westbrook fire station, Fire Station 192.
Mr. Ruiz anticipated insurance rates, especially commercial occupancies, could see some reductions in the future, and advised residents, property owners and business owners to contact their providers.
“Just when I think I cannot be more proud of Peoria fire-medical, it keeps topping itself,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat.