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Gainesville to get top ISO rating, meaning cheaper insurance for some

Fire department judged on inspections, protocols, resources

POSTED: May 29, 2014 11:01 a.m.

The Gainesville Fire Department is poised to become just one of 60 departments nationwide to receive the Insurance Services Office’s top classification for fire prevention and response.

The ISO class one ranking could mean lower fire insurance premiums for city residents and businesses.

“Everything we do is geared toward ISO,” Fire Chief Jerome Yarbrough said. “We’re going to keep driving on and make the city of Gainesville look good.”

The ISO ranking was determined by evaluating the city’s emergency communications systems, fire department response times, water supply and community risk reduction plans.

Yarbrough said increases in inspections, fire prevention protocols, on-duty personnel and reserve truck capacity helped Gainesville land the top ranking, making it just the second fire department in the state, along with Macon-Bibb County, to receive the classification.

The class one ranking will take effect in October. The fire department had previously received a class two designation.

“This has been a community goal,” Councilman George Wangemann said.


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