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Northeast Times | December 17, 2018

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City of Watauga Earns Class 1 Public Protection Classification

City of Watauga Earns Class 1 Public Protection Classification

The City of Watauga has earned a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) for its improved fire protection capabilities. The rating is the highest possible and drives the City to the top 1 percent of all communities in the nation classified by the ISO.

A high rating from the ISO can ultimately mean lower personal and commercial property insurance rates for members of the ranked community. A PPC grade depends on needed fire flows; the community’s water supply system; emergency communications; as well as fire department suppression capabilities and community risk reduction programs. After a reevaluation in May 2018, Watauga’s grade was raised from a Class 3 to a Class 1 based on significant improvements and implementations to Watauga Fire Department, the NRHW Communications Center (Joint Communications center for North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Haltom City, and Watauga), and the Watauga Public Works-Water Utilities.

Texas Manager for ISO Phillip Bradley and Public Protection Classification Oversight Officer / Deputy State Fire Marshal Jesse Williams from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will present a plaque to City Manager Andrea Gardner and Mayor Pat Shelbourne in recognition of the achievement in the January 2019 City Council meeting.

“We are thrilled to receive this very prestigious rating,” said Fire Chief Shawn Fannan. “Our firefighters are dedicated, well-trained and committed to being the best”. “The ISO Class 1 rating is a confirmation of the Watauga Fire Department’s dedication to its mission to protect lives and property.”

The ISO has made classifications on more than 49,000 communities nationwide. Only 300 of those have been ranked Class 1, placing Watauga in the top 1 percent. Sixty-four Class 1 communities are located in Texas, according to Bradley.

The Class 1 status becomes effective February 1, 2019. Homeowners and commercial insurance policy holders in Watauga are encouraged to confirm with their respective insurance companies that any new policies or policy renewals are written on the new classification as rates and premiums could see a reduction. Most U.S. insurers, including the largest companies, use PPC information as part of their decision-making when determining who to insure, the amount of coverage allowed, as well as premium costs.

Williams extended congratulations to Watauga as well for achieving the Class 1 status and officially approved the ranking on behalf of the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Texas Department of Insurance.

ISO statistics reveal communities that have a higher rating have a bigger reduction in loss of life and property when fire does occur.