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Community Receives Superior Safety Rating in Fire Suppression

Posted on Jun 1, 2013

The fire suppression provided to residents of Centerville/Washington Township recently earned a Class 3 Public Protection Classification (PPC), placing the community in the top 5 percent of those evaluated.

The rating is assigned every ten years by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) which is the leading supplier of data and analytics for the property and casualty insurance industry. Ten classifications are available, with only 1 percent of communities receiving the highest ratings of Class 1 or 2.

“PPC is important to both communities and fire departments,” says Chief Bill Gaul. “Communities with lower PPC scores may get lower insurance prices. It also provides fire departments with a benchmark we can use when planning and budgeting for fire protection improvements.”

The classification is a credit to both the fire department and to Montgomery County water services, Gaul said. PPC ratings are based on:

  • Fire alarm and communication system (10%)
  • Fire department (50%)
  • Water supply system (40%)

“We’re especially pleased ISO has provided us with this rating, given the increased demand for service we’ve experienced in recent years. We’ve worked hard both to keep up with demand and to maintain quality services,” said Gaul. Over the past 15 years, fire and emergency medical runs have increased by 83 percent -- from 3,445 in 1996 to 6,319 in 2011.

Washington Township’s PPO classification was upgraded to class 3 in 2003. The rating places the community in the top 5.1 percent in Ohio and among the top 5.6 percent nationally.

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