The Richardson Fire Department officially receives its Class 1 ISO rating effective March 1, 2014. The
Insurance Services Office (ISO) is a leading supplier of statistical, underwriting and actuarial
information for the property/casualty insurance industry.
The ISO rating is used to measure the quality and effectiveness of fire protection in a community.
Additionally, it allows residential and commercial property owners the opportunity to obtain the best
possible insurance rates.
With this classification, the Richardson Fire Department is listed among an elite group of departments as it is one of only 56 municipalities in the U.S., and one of only 14 departments in Texas, to receive a Class 1 rating.
As part of its evaluation, the ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in
communities throughout the U.S. ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program helps
establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties and
provides insurance companies with reliable, up-to-date information about a community’s fire
protection services. The formal assessment process consisted of three major areas:
- Fire department (staffing, equipment, training, and emergency response capabilities).
- Water supply system (highlighting the water supply a community uses for fire suppression).
- Fire alarm and communications system (which centers on facilities and support for handling and
The ISO evaluation of the fire department accounts for 50 percent of the rating; while water supply
accounts for 40 percent, and the department’s communication system accounts for the final 10
The ISO commended the Richardson Fire Department for adapting to the demands of a changing
environment and congratulated the City for its commitment to serve the needs of the community’s
property owners and residents.
The improved ISO rating was possible in part because of investments in Richardson's fire protection capabilities -- such as the new Fire Station 4 and the Fire Training Center, funded through the 2010 Bond Program.
From left to right: Council Members Kendal Hartley, Scott Dunn and Mark Solomon; Mayor Laura Maczka; Deputy State Fire Marshal Jesse Williams; ISO Mitigation Manager Phillip Bradley; ISO Field Representative Mike McCormack; Richardson Fire Chief Alan Palomba; Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend; and Council Members Paul Voelker and Steve Mitchell.