Aberdeen Fire Department receives new classification from Insurance Services Office

Fire Chief Phillip Richardson of the Aberdeen Fire Department (AFD) was recently notified by Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey that the State Fire Marshal’s Office had approved a recommendation from Insurance Services Office (ISO) to award AFD with an improved Public Protection Classification (PPC) of 02/9E. Previously, AFD’s classification was 03/9E.

The new rating takes effect Friday. Homeowners will need to check with their insurance company to see what their savings may be. Savings on insurance premiums can vary.

ISO creates ratings for fire departments and their surrounding communities. These ratings calculate how well-equipped fire departments are to put out fires in that community. An ISO fire rating, also referred to as a fire score or PPC, is a score from 1 to 10 that indicates how well-protected your community is by the fire department. ISO gives points for everything from the training aids a fire department owns to the distance between fire hydrants. ISO wants fire departments to conduct 20 hours of training per person each month in order to maximize points for every training aid. In the ISO rating scale, a lower number is better: 1 is the best possible rating, while a 10 means the fire department did not meet ISO’s minimum requirements.

“Aberdeen Fire Department is proud of the efforts that have been made that led to this accomplishment,” said the fire department in a press release. “This is a wonderful accomplishment that is a direct result of hard work, dedication, and cooperation of AFD staff and the Town.”

Mike Causey, NC Insurance Commissioner State Fire Marshal, stated, “I’d like to congratulate Chief Richardson for the department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members. The citizens in the Town of these districts should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency.”


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