Effective April 1, 2017, Grand Prairie homeowners and local business owners may qualify to receive a lower insurance renewal rate as a result of the ISO 1 rating score earned by the Grand Prairie Fire Department.
The City joins the top one percent of communities in the U.S. for excellence in fire protection. Only one in 33 cities in Texas have received an ISO 1 rating.
“This is a citywide accomplishment,” says Grand Prairie Fire Chief Robert Fite. “It takes a collaborative effort between all city departments, and support from our City Council, to earn a perfect rating. I especially commend our staff for their dedication and commitment to provide the citizens of Grand Prairie superior property fire protection.”
An ISO rating is used by most insurance companies to predict and analyze risk when establishing insurance premiums. Approximately 46,000 fire departments around the country are evaluated and classified every 10 years by the Insurance Service Office (ISO), a risk management firm for the insurance industry, using a Public Protection Classification (PPC) program. Departments receive a score from 1 to 10 based on a 100-point grading system.
In 2006, the City of Grand Prairie received a 75.06 ISO 3 rating compared to this year’s score of 95.98 ISO 1 rating. The improvement was in part contributed to the addition of Station 10, resource redeployment, and the new joint training center in Irving. The Grand Prairie Fire Department is committed to continue its efforts to maintain the ISO 1 rating.