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Eugene Springfield Fire Improves Fire Protection Rating To Class 2 - 11/07/17

Eugene Springfield Fire has been notified by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) that the fire protection rating for ESF has improved to Class 2 (from a previous Class 3 rating).

Insurance companies use ISO fire protection ratings to determine home owner and business insurance premiums. ISO evaluates fire department equipment, staffing, station locations, training, fire prevention efforts, the community water system, 9-1-1 systems and many other factors to assign a protection rating. The Insurance Service Office has been evaluating and assigning ratings to fire departments since 1971.

ISO scores range from 1.00 to 100.00 with 5.5 bonus points available for Community Risk Reduction efforts. ESF needed a minimum total score of 80.00 to achieve a Class 2 rating. This improved rating will lower property insurance rates by 5-8% (depending on construction and occupancy, according to ISO). For the property owner paying $700 a year, this equates to a reduction of $35-$56. Eugene Springfield Fire's Class 2 rating translates into a millions of dollars in savings for our community.

"Despite economical changes resulting in reductions in staffing and resources, we're very pleased that we've managed to receive a score of 83.56 and improve our ISO rating, which plays a part in reducing everyone's cost of living in our Eugene Springfield community. Whether or not you pay property insurance directly, ESF's strong ISO rating helps to keep premiums low, and these costs affect everyone," said Fire Chief Joe Zaludek.

Out of the approximately 46,000 fire departments rated by ISO, less than 1,500 have achieved a Class 2 rating. There are less than 250 Class 1 rated agencies. ESF would need a score of 90.00 to receive a Class 1 rating.

Chief Zaludek will be available for interviews Wednesday, November 8, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at 1705 W. 2nd Ave. Call to schedule a time.