Gladstone ranked among nation's best for fire services

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Out of more than 41,000 fire departments evaluated nationally, Gladstone is one of 1,597 with an ISO rating of 2, according to information provided by the department.

Out of more than 41,000 fire departments evaluated nationally, Gladstone is one of 1,597 with an ISO rating of 2, according to information provided by the department.

ISO is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators and others by providing information about risk. ISO used a Public Protection Classification survey in the spring of 2019 to determine the ranking. Insurance companies use PPC information for marketing, underwriting and to help establish fair premiums for homeowners and for commercial property fire insurance as a community’s investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predictor of future fire losses.

ISO ratings range from 1 to 10, with a 1 representing an exemplary fire suppression program and a 10 representing a system that does not meet the ISO’s minimum criteria.

An ISO rating takes into account fire department staffing, training, equipment, fire prevention programs, response times and emergency communications as well as the city’s water delivery system.

The last ISO review occurred in 2014 when the department received an elevated rating from 4 to 2. Effective Sept. 1, 2019, the city of Gladstone will maintain a PPC rating of 2.

Only 348 fire departments in the United States have an ISO rating of 1. Gladstone Department of Public Safety’s rating makes it among the top 5% of fire departments evaluated in the United States.