Sarasota County announces improved ISO fire rating
|Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Regnier|
SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County earned improved ratings from the Insurance Service Office this year, which means that both individual homeowners and business owners could see a savings on their insurance rates.
The Insurance Service Office, or ISO, reviews operational efficiency of Fire Departments across the nation by conducting thorough evaluations of protection levels within the community. They base their ratings on information including dispatch, water supply, response times, staffing, equipment and fleet levels, among others.
The rating system ranges from 1, which is the best score, to a possible to 10, the lowest score. ISO uses a matrix and calculations to review a fire department’s operations as a measurement of their capability to respond to structure fires.
Previously, Sarasota County received a “3” rating within the urban boundaries, and an “8 B” rating in rural areas. The county has now improved to a “2” rating in urban areas and “2 Y” in the rural areas during this evaluation.
“This is an example of the county’s continued efforts to provide the highest level of service possible with the resources we have,” said Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer.
Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Regnier added, “our world class fire department continues to provide the best support and services to the community. This is just another example of the continued improvements Sarasota County has made to ensure the safety of our residents.”
Potential savings to the individual homeowner and business owner will vary based on the insurance provider, but recognition of the improved level of service is beneficial to the entire community.
The new ISO rating will take effect October 1, 2015.
For more information call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.