On Thursday, officials with the City of El Paso announced that the Fire Department has once again earned the Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating—the highest national recognition—from the Insurance Services Office (ISO).
“By renewing its Class 1 rating, the Fire Department reinforces its commitment to the community and to the lifesaving mission of maintaining a safe and secure city, actively maintaining El Paso’s standing as one of the safest cities in the nation and Fire Department as one of the best North America,” city officials shared.
The ISO rates over 50,000 departments in the United States and less than one percent of them hold a Class 1 rating; making the El Paso Fire Department one of the preeminent fire departments in America.
The Fire Department, as part of the rating renewal process, has undergone a PPC evaluation every year since 2004.
A Class 1 rating means residents, business owners, and visitors to El Paso can continue to count on first-class fire protection services. A Class 1 rating demonstrates:
- Quick response to community needs
- The highest possible standards in risk mitigation
- An outstanding commitment to preserve life, property and the environment
The City’s ISO rating is one of the factors used to determine fire insurance premiums for homeowners and businesses. Fire insurance premiums are based on the quality of service and fire protection available.
“This top rating means El Paso property owners get the lowest fire insurance premium possible, with savings of up to 60 percent in that area of insurance,” city officials added.
Example: $158,000 Home:
o Class 3 – $2,335 annual premium
o Class 1 – $2,032 annual premium (Decrease of 6.7%, $147 savings over Class 2 and $303 over Class 3)