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Elite Status: Statesville Fire Department Earns Class 1 ISO Rating

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The Statesville Fire Department has earned a Class 1 ISO Rating, elevating the department to the ranks of elite fire service agencies across the state and nation.

N.C. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey recognized the SFD for achieving this designation, which he said represented the “pinnacle” of the profession, during Monday night’s Statesville City Council meeting.

“It’s a team effort,” Causey said. “It takes a lot of work to get to this level.”

Only 21 of the 1,200-plus fire departments across the State of North Carolina have achieved a Class 1 ISO Rating, the best possible rating. The SFD is one of only eight departments — and the smallest in the state — to simultaneously hold a Class 1 ISO Rating and accreditation by the International Association of Fire Fighters.

The ISO Rating System includes an evaluation of fire station distribution, staffing levels and number of personnel per apparatus, training, community risk reduction, Standard Operation Guides, availability of water supply, and emergency communication systems.

As a result of this rating, commercial property owners will receive the lowest premium possible on this area of insurance, with an average savings of 8.5 percent.