What is an ISO rating?

The Insurance Service Office (ISO) conducts independent evaluations on fire departments throughout the United States. This evaluation reviews how the fire department receives and dispatches its fire alarms, where the department’s fire stations are located throughout the city, what equipment is carried on the department’s fire apparatus, the training received by the city’s fire personnel and the availability of water supply to conduct fire operations. Based on this grade, a public protection classification is determined for the city. These classifications range from 1 to 10. Class 1 denotes exemplary public protection and Class 10 denotes not meeting ISO minimum criteria. These classifications are used to establish appropriate insurance premiums for the city. Columbia Fire & Rescue is currently an ISO Class 1 Department.

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1. Can I get my blood pressure checked at the Fire Department?
2. Can I burn leaves in my yard?
3. How do I obtain a burn permit for inside the City limits of Columbia?
4. How do I obtain a burn permit if I live outside the City limits of Columbia?
5. How do I get a fire truck at my event?
6. How do I obtain a copy of a fire report and is there a cost?
7. How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?
8. Is there a charge for a burn permit?
9. Who do I contact to arrange a fire safety presentation?
10. Who do I contact to arrange a visit to one of your fire stations?
11. What happens if I burn without a permit inside the City limits?
12. What is an ISO rating?
13. How do I obtain a patch or T-shirt from Columbia Fire & Rescue?
14. What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?
15. Why do we see fire department crews at the store?
16. Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents, sometimes more lanes than necessary?
17. Why do you send a fire truck to a medical emergency?