The Evanston Fire Department has achieved a Class 1 rating for fire protection services from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO).  ISO’s Public Protection Classification review is conducted by expert ISO staff on a five-year cycle, and includes evaluating operations, water supply, emergency communications and community risk-reduction efforts. The new rating is effective Oct. 1, the first day of Fire Prevention Month.

Of the more than 47,000 fire departments across the nation ISO has evaluated, only 305 fire departments have achieved a Class 1 designation, placing the Evanston Fire Department in the top 1% of all fire departments in the country.

“This prestigious designation validates what we already know,” said Fire Chief Brian Scott. “The Evanston Fire Department is one of the best in the nation and it reflects the exceptional fire and rescue services we provide to our great city each and every day as well as the exemplary work of our Public Works Agency Water Production Bureau, and the Evanston Police Department Communications Bureau.”

Chief Scott said the Class 1 rating may also help secure lower fire insurance premiums for Evanston residents and business owners. In general, the price of insurance in a community with a good public protection classification is lower than in a community with a poor one, assuming all other factors are equal, he said, advising homeowners and business owners to check with their insurance providers.