IAFC’s President Endorses ISO Rating Revisions

Proposed revisions to ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) have been endorsed by Jeff Johnson, the president and chairman of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
The FSRS is a manual containing the criteria ISO uses in reviewing the firefighting capabilities of individual communities. The schedule measures the major elements of a community’s fire-suppression system and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification (PPC).

The FSRS incorporates nationally accepted standards developed by such organizations as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), said Mike Waters, vice president of Risk Decision Services at ISO.

When organizations, such as NFPA, update their standards, the ISO evaluation changes as well, according to ISO. The PPC program provides a benchmark that helps fire departments and other public officials measure the effectiveness of their efforts and plan for improvements, ISO said.

After engaging in discussions with a variety of organizations that deal with water, fire, and emergency communications, ISO embarked on a project to review and update FSRS content.

“We have developed a list of potential modifications and additions to the current FSRS and will beta test the revisions and additions to assure reliability and consistent application,” said Waters. Following the test process, he said ISO will confer with stakeholders before finalizing the document and filing it in each state.

Updates include revisions to the FSRS emergency communications section, possible revisions to the fire department and water-supply sections, and references to community risk-reduction programs.

“ISO has recently set the stage for a new era of connection to the fire and emergency service and the communities it serves by completing a much-needed upgrade of its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule,” said Chief Johnson in his year-end message to IAFC members.

He congratulated ISO leadership “for their commitment to continuous quality improvement” and said the fire and emergency service will be well served by having ISO lead the way with a progressive rating system.

For information about ISO’s FSRS, go to www.isomitigation.com/.
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