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PRESS RELEASE:  Fort Atkinson Fire Department ISO Rating Improves

Date:       August 12, 2019

Contact: Daryl Rausch, Fire Chief / Emergency Management Director

Email:    DRausch@FortAtkinsonWI.net

Phone:    920-563-7795

Release:  Immediate Release

Fort Atkinson, WI – Today, the City of Fort Atkinson announced an improvement in the Fort Atkinson Fire Department's Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating. ISO ratings assess the readiness of local fire departments by classifying a community's ability to suppress a fire.

Previously, Fort Atkinson Fire Department had a Class 4 rating in the city and 4Y in the township. Beginning November 1, 2019 the FAFD rating will improve to a Class 3 rating in the City and 3Y in the portions of Hebron, Jefferson, Koshkonong, Oakland and Sumner Townships served by the Fort Atkinson Fire Department. The new rating puts FAFD in the top 10% of all rated fire departments nationwide.

"I am proud of the professionalism and commitment to ongoing improvement of the Fort Atkinson Fire Department," said Fire Chief Daryl Rausch. "The men and women that make up this department care deeply about how their work can improve the lives of people in Fort Atkinson and the surrounding townships. This improved rating validates the excellent service they provide and may have an added benefit to property owners of lower insurance premiums."

"Because of this work by our ISO Project Team including our full-time and part-time firefighters and EMTs, elected officials, city department heads and senior management, local police department dispatchers, our DPW /water utility employee there is the potential for significant community savings. This truly was a team effort by all of our public safety and public utility departments along with support from all of our city staff to demonstrate the capabilities of our emergency services response system." added Chief Rausch.

Most Wisconsin insurance companies use ISO's PPC when calculating residential and business premiums. An improved ISO score can lead to a reduction in insurance premiums for residents and businesses in the city and township. Ratings are calculated by examining three areas-the fire department itself, the community water supply and emergency communications. ISO assigns a rating from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 the worst.

ISO calculates fire suppression capabilities in more than 42,000 communities in the country.

To learn more about the ISO, click here.

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