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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT EARNS EXCEPTIONAL ISO "2" RATING

The Springfield Township Fire Department has achieved the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of Class 2. This exceptional rating has been achieved by less than 3% of fire departments nationwide.


The ISO evaluates 47,000 fire departments nationwide with only 1,324 earning the Class 1 or 2 rating. This rating reflects quality of the Springfield Township Fire Department and can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of Springfield Township firefighters and their commitment to save lives and property.


When the Township Fire Department first formed in 1996, the ISO class rating was 5. After implementing an ISO rating improvement plan, the ISO rating was dropped to a 3 in 2005. After twelve years of hard work to comply with the rigid ISO Public Protection Class standards and an intense evaluation, an ISO Class 2 rating was achieved on November 20, 2017. According to Fire Chief Robert Leininger, “It has always been our goal to achieve an ISO rating of 2. We are proud of this accomplishment.”


Trustees Gwen McFarlin, Joseph Honerlaw and Mark Berning congratulate the Springfield Township Fire Department on the exceptional quality of fire service. McFarlin stated, “This shows a long term commitment to excellence on the part of our Fire. An ISO Class 2 rating could save our residents significant money on their home owners insurance. It will result in an even greater savings to our commercial businesses and our industries. This is one more reason for business owners to locate in Springfield Township.”


The new Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating went into effect November 20, 2017. Fire departments across the nation are rated by the ISO to determine a PPC for each community. This rating is published by the ISO and used by insurance companies to determine insurance rates. The ISO schedule develops a PPC number on a relative scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the very best and 10 representing less than minimum recognized fire protection. Most U.S. insurers of homes and business property use the PPC in calculating premiums. 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. When the ISO evaluates a fire department's capabilities it uses a system called the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) which employs nationally accepted standards developed by such organizations as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International.


The FSRS considers 3 main areas of a community's fire suppression capabilities including emergency communications (911 Call Center), the fire department, and water supply. In addition, it includes a community risk reduction section that recognizes community efforts to reduce losses through fire prevention, public fire safety education and fire investigation.


Key elements considered when evaluating a fire department include response capabilities (deployment analysis) which includes adequate staffing of fire service personnel on engine crews and ladder companies, fire station distribution (location and coverage), appropriate apparatus and equipment, training, water supplies, organizational structure, communications, and building/fire prevention codes and their enforcement.


The Springfield Township Fire Department's improved PPC Classification is a reflection of Springfield Township's commitment to provide quality public safety services to its citizens.