NORRISTOWN – The Norristown Fire Department has been awarded a Class 2 rating by the Office of Insurance Services (ISO) – the second highest possible rating for fire protection services in the country.
This Public Protection Classification (PPC) program places the Norristown Fire Department in the top five percent of approximately 40,000 fire departments nationwide, with less than 400 classified as Class 1 and less than 2,000 classified as class 2. The review was conducted by ISO staff and included site visits, review of records and operational observations. It is also considered an analysis of the Norristown community’s structural fire suppression system.
The four main areas assessed include:
• Emergency communications
• Water supply
• Fire department assessment including fire department personnel, fleet and training
• Community risk reduction
The scale of a PPC rating goes from 1 to 10, with class 1 being the highest rating. Improving the PPC from a Class 3 to a Class 2 is expected to have a favorable effect on commercial and residential property insurance rates for all property owners in the municipality by helping insurers identify communities that invest in their services. of fire fighting.
“I am thrilled to receive this notification. It represents the Council’s foresight and commitment to putting the public safety of our residents first and the team’s dedication to achieving its vision. I appreciate the excellent leadership of the Chief O’Donnell in one of the finest firefighting operations in the nation,” said City Administrator Crandall O. Jones.
“This is the second time in six years that we have improved our public protection rating, in 2016 we went from a class 4 to a class 3, the first improvement in more than 40 years. This latest achievement directly reflects the dedication, compassion and professionalism that every member of the Norristown Fire Department brings to this community every day,” said Fire Chief Thomas O’Donnell.
The Norristown Fire Department is a full-time department that handles approximately 1,300 emergency calls per year with 23 certified career firefighters and over a dozen volunteer firefighters.