ISO Class 4 / 4Y

Columbus Township Fire & Rescue, the joint operation of Columbus Township and the East Columbus Independent Fire Department, completed an ISO/PPC audit and inspection in early 2016 and achieved a new, higher rating of 4/4Y.  This rating places Columbus Township Fire & Rescue in the top 13% of rated fire departments in Indiana and top 26% in the country!  Out of over 1650 rated fire departments in Indiana, only 220 have attained Class 4 or better.

The Insurance Service Organization (ISO) collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States, then analyzes the relevant data using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). They then assign a Public Protection Classification (PPC) from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents exemplary public protection, while Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet the minimum ISO criteria.

Facts and Figures from ISO Mitigation, March 2017 -

Columbus Township Fire & Rescue began modernizing its apparatus and operations many years ago, with the goal of providing the best fire protection achievable.   Building on the hard work of several generations of firefighters, the men and women of Columbus Township Fire & Rescue set high training standards, kept apparatus and equipment updated and in top working order, and began using a paid day-staff; all of which contributed to this achievement.

What does this mean to the residents of Columbus Township?

This new rating will be important to all property owners and residents receiving fire protection from Columbus Township Fire & Rescue.  Many insurance companies base their rates on the property’s ISO/PPC rating. All residents and commercial property owners in Columbus Township are encouraged to contact their insurance company to receive any possible savings as a result of the improved PPC classification.  Since there is no way to automatically notify insurance carriers of a PPC rating/classification change, the policy holder must notify the insurance company.

Columbus Township Fire & Rescue would like to thank the residents of Columbus Township for their support in helping us, together, achieve this new, higher rating.  We are all better off because of it.  We would also like to thank all current and former firefighters, officers, chiefs, trustees, and board members.  We could not have done it without each of your help.   We continue to strive to bring you, our customers, the best possible service and value in fire protection and emergency services.

More details on the ISO/PPC Classification System

By classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire protection services. The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. By securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.  ISO has extensive information on more than 44,000 fire-response jurisdictions.

Several factors are considered when determining the PPC classification:

  • 50 percent of the score looks at your local fire department, including staffing, training, geographic distribution of firehouses and adequacy of the fire equipment.
  • 40 percent of the score takes into account the community’s water supply, including the placement and condition of fire hydrants and the amount of water that's available to put out fires.
  • 10 percent of the score measures the efficiency of emergency communications, such as the 911 system and the number of emergency dispatchers.