The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / NewsTitusville's Community Fire Rating Improved
||Insurance Service Office (ISO)
Public Protection Classification:
Titusville's Fire Chief, Michael Woodward, is pleased to report that Titusville's PPC classification through the Insurance Service Organization's auditing process has enhanced from a Class 4
to a Class 3/3X
. This is exciting because Titusville’s rating has remained static at a Class 4 rating for the past quarter of a century. Doubly significant is, nationally, our city now ranks in the top 6% of the 48,855 communities evaluated by ISO.
One of the functions offered by the Insurance Service Office (ISO
) is to provide reliable, up-to-date information about a community’s fire-protection services for residential and commercial properties through regular auditing of primary emergency firefighting categories. Auditing critical firefighting component provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training to improve its firefighting services. Classifying our community’s ability to suppress fires may also result in lower fire insurance premiums for our community members.
The evaluation process consists of four primary categories:
- Emergency Communications Systems (community’s facilities and support for handling and dispatching alarms for structure fires).
- Fire Department (suppression capabilities based on the fire department’s first-alarm response and initial attack to minimize potential loss, inclusive of engine companies, ladder or service companies, deployment of fire companies, equipment carried on apparatus, pumping capacity, reserve apparatus, number of company personnel and training).
- Water Supply (evaluates community’s water supply system to determine the adequacy for fire suppression purposes such as hydrant size, type, and installation, as well as the frequency and completeness of hydrant inspection and flow-testing programs).
- Community Risk Reduction (Takes into account fire prevention code adoption and enforcement, public fire safety education, and fire investigations).
Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department will be reviewing and addressing the details of the audit which indicated areas for improvement via its short and long-range planning modules to maintain and/or improve our city’s rating before the next audit, which now occurs every 5 years. Some of the areas our city will work toward addressing in that time frame include:
- Improvements to water supply to provide available adequate water for fire suppression activities and frequency of hydrant inspections and maintenance.
- Second means of alerting and notification from our dispatch center.
- Fire department staffing levels to meet national standards.
- Fire suppression apparatus and resources for emergency response to structure fires.
- Continuing enhancement of our community outreach and fire prevention efforts.
- Continuing proactive engagement within the business/commercial community regarding fire suppression, Code enforcement, and fire protection through the annual inspection program.
"Improving the areas noted and improving the fire training of our personnel through the use of our new fire training facility will lead to enhancing service levels to our community; our residential and commercial property owners will be provided with a more professional and better equipped fire department. This translates to reduced loss of life and property when confronted with fire", said Fire Chief Woodward.