Redwood City Fire Department Rated Class 1 for Public Protection by the Insurance Services Office

Redwood City becomes the first Fire Department in San Mateo County to receive highest possible score given to any fire department nationwide, which is good news for Redwood City and San Carlos residents and property owners.

In July, the Redwood City Fire Department was informed by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) of its new ranking of Class 1 for Public Protection. Only 306 of 46,000 fire departments nationwide have been recognized for this rating, which places the Redwood City Fire Department in the top 1% of fire departments nationally. This blog explains the importance of this ISO rating and how it positively affects Redwood City and San Carlos residents and property owners.

ISO Public Protection Classification Program

The new rating, which began on November 1, is a result of the ISO Public Protection Classification program, which provides an objective nationwide standard that helps fire departments evaluate and plan for facilities, equipment and training. ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States, analyzing a community’s fire suppression system including emergency communications (dispatch), fire department (including operational and training considerations), and water supply. In addition, the ISO evaluates community efforts to reduce losses through fire prevention, public fire safety education, and fire investigation. ISO assigns a class rating from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria.

The Good News for Redwood City and San Carlos Residents and Property Owners

The Redwood City Fire Department protects and serves the communities of Redwood City, San Carlos and some unincorporated areas of the County of San Mateo. The City of San Carlos also receives the Class 1 rating through the Redwood City Fire Department contract for services. Previously Redwood City was rated as a Class 2 fire department and San Carlos a Class 3.

Insurance companies may use ISO information combined with other factors to establish local commercial business and residential property insurance rates and generally offer lower premiums in communities with better protection. Property owners are encouraged to check with their insurance companies on potential insurance rate adjustments. Because of the Redwood City Fire Department’s new ISO ranking, both Redwood City and San Carlos residents and property owners may receive lower insurance rates. Insurance companies may request an official letter with the rating details. An official letter is available on the Redwood City Fire Department’s home page. Go here for more.

Service and Community

This new ranking reinforces the high quality of service provided by the men and women of the Redwood City Fire Department, water departments of both Redwood City and San Carlos and the strong collaboration with San Mateo County Public Safety Communications (dispatch center). Congratulations to the Redwood City Fire Department and their partner agencies for their work in achieving this prestigious award.

Online Resources About the Redwood City Fire Department

Redwood City Fire Department serves the City of Redwood City, the community of San Carlos and some unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.

For more about the Redwood City Fire Department, go here.

To locate a fire station within your neighborhood, go here.

For more about the ISO Public Protection Classification program, go here.