TAVARES — Lake County Fire Rescue received an improved Insurance Services
Organization (ISO) rating for Lake County. The county’s Public Protection Classification score went from a 6 urban/9 rural to a 4 urban/4X rural. The new score will become effective on March 1, 2016.
Since 1971, ISO has been a primary source of information about property and casualty risk, providing information about the effect public protection would likely have on individual property fire rates. The purpose of the ISO rating is to help determine a fire insurance classification which may be used to develop property insurance calculations. The score is on a scale of one to 10, with the lower the number being a better rating. There are three basic categories considered in the ISO rating: the receiving and handling of fire alarms, the fire department itself and local water supply.
Lake County Public Safety Director Chief John Jolliff said he was pleased, but not surprised by the county’s upgraded score due to the decade of improvements Lake County has dedicated to its Fire Rescue Division.
“Over the last ten years, we have opened fire stations in key areas, added staff, integrated a new radio system and now operate under a new and improved dispatch center,” said Chief Jolliff. “Additionally, we now have interlocal service boundary agreements with automatic aid for fire with six municipalities. These investments are not only huge in terms of the safety for our citizens, but also can translate into insurance savings through our improved ISO rating.”
The ISO report, which the county requested in February 2015, is the first comprehensive report for the county in 10 years. It identifies strengths as well as areas of improvement that will help the Board of County Commissioners and the Fire Rescue Division develop long-term plans for the future.
On Jan. 19, 2016, Chief Jolliff will present to the Board a full Fire Rescue update including the ISO report, automatic aid agreements, planned improvements, challenges, benchmarking and funding.
To view a copy of the complete ISO report, visit ftp://ftp.lakecountyfl.gov/Communications/120115_ISO/.
For more information about Lake County Fire Rescue, visit www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, or www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.