The city of Anaheim and Anaheim Fire & Rescue are proud to announce our designation as a Class 1 City by the Insurance Service Office, the highest possible rating for a municipality.
The Insurance Service Office, or ISO, rates cities and their fire departments by risk level between 1 and 10, with 1 being the highest designation available. Many insurance companies use the ISO designation to assess insurance premium rates for homeowners and businesses. A Class 1 city designation can equate to lower insurance premiums for our residents and business owners depending on their respective insurance carriers. Anaheim was previously designated a Class 2 city.
The Class 1 designation is determined by assessing the city’s ability to suppress fires, including facilities and practices such as the amount of personnel training, deployment of resources, the compliment of fire apparatus, the 911 dispatching system and the adequacy of the city’s water supply.
Anaheim joins a select group of 132 cities nationally and 14 in California to carry a Class 1 rating. In addition, Anaheim Fire & Rescue is also accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, a program administered by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Anaheim Fire & Rescue is one of only approximately 33 agencies in the United States that is both accredited and designated as a Class 1 city. The attainments of these designations were key recommendations in Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s Strategic Plan.
"Anaheim is once again a Class 1 city from all perspectives," said Anaheim Fire Chief Randy R. Bruegman. "This designation confirms our commitment to be recognized as a leader in the delivery of fire and emergency services to our residents and to those that visit Anaheim. The focus on quality services provision is a cornerstone of our mission to ensure that we are providing for the safety and welfare of the public we serve through the services we provide. This achievement may also reduce the cost of fire insurance for our residents and business owners and will help Anaheim to continue to attract new business and development to our city."
"This designation represents the benefit to Anaheim residents and businesses of having a dedicated fire and rescue department focused solely on them," said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. "This reflection of the department’s commitment, expertise and proficiency provides peace of mind for residents and continues our efforts to foster a more business-friendly city."
"As a 60- year Anaheim business and property owner, the ISO rating of our fire department has a direct correlation to our cost of insurance. I applaud Chief Bruegman for his tireless efforts in achieving an ISO Class 1 rating for Anaheim Fire & Rescue," said William Taormina, chief executive officer for Clean City, Inc. "This creates a savings for my company and my tenants, helping us sustain our businesses in this great city!"
The ISO rating is evaluated approximately every five years. Anaheim Fire & Rescue together with the city of Anaheim is committed to maintaining the ISO Class 1 rating.