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Posted on: October 3, 2018

Batavia Fire Department earns #1 Rating from ISO


Batavia’s New ISO Rating of “1”

Effective January 1, 2019 Batavia will have an ISO Classification Rating of 1. The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) provides a leading source of information about risk for the property & casualty insurance industry. The ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC) program classifies and rates the municipal fire protection capabilities of roughly 50,000 communities across the United States. ISO is used by insurance companies in most states to evaluate fire departments for the purpose of establishing insurance premiums in their local area. The fire department, 911 dispatch, and water supply are measured in the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). This schedule reviews these major elements of a community’s fire-suppression capability and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification (PPC).

In obtaining an ISO Classification, the grading is broken down into three major categories:

  • The Fire Department:              50%
  • Water Supply                          40%
  • 911 Dispatch                           10%

The rating schedule examines several aspects of a fire department such as staffing, response times, training and equipment, and assigns points based on its capabilities. In addition, the rating takes into account any community activities that affect fire prevention, such as fire safety education programs and fire investigation procedures. ISO investigates the 911 dispatch system used by a department, considering its size, facilities and effectiveness. Also evaluated is the

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(cont.) water supply system for its capacity and distribution capabilities including infrastructure reliability.

Through the program, ISO collects relevant data about the quality of the community's public fire protection and then assigns it a number between one and ten. Class 1 indicates the area has superior fire protection and Class 10 indicates that the community's fire protection fails to meet the minimum ISO criteria.

ISO evaluates the fire protection services of around 50,000 fire departments across the nation. Only about 305 nationwide, including barely 20 in Illinois, have achieved a Class 1 designation. This places Batavia in the top 1% of all fire departments evaluated in the country

About Batavia

The City of Batavia, originally established in 1833, is currently a community of 28,000 residents located two miles north of the I-88 corridor and 35 miles west of Chicago, Illinois. Batavia hosts some of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors such as Suncast, Flinn Scientific and Flagsource as well as the world headquarters for Aldi, Inc. with more than 9,000 stores in the United States. The world-famous Fermilab research facility sits on the Batavia’s eastern edge.

The Batavia Fire Department provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the citizens of Batavia and the surrounding Batavia Township and Countryside Fire Protection District. The mission of the Batavia Fire Department is to provide caring, professional emergency and fire prevention services to the community.
The department consists of 24 full time members, 12 full time paramedics and 36 part time members. The department is called a combination department since it consists of full time and part time personnel. Our normal on duty personnel consist of 5 on duty personnel at the West Station and 8 on duty personnel at the East Station. We have an advanced life support ambulance in each fire station.

For more information contact: Christopher Cudworth, Communications Coordinator

Office: 630-454-2054 Batavia Cell: 224-828-0735. City of Batavia, 101 N. Island Batavia, Illinois 60510-1930 

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