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Williamson County Fire/Rescue Receives Reduction of ISO rating

 March 24, 2014– The Williamson County Rescue Squad Volunteer Fire Department is proud to announce the reduction of the Public Protection Classification from a Class 6/9 to Class 5/5X effective August 1, 2014.

In the fall of 2013 the Insurance Services Office, Inc (ISO) performed a survey of the: seven WCRS fire districts, the Williamson County Emergency Operation Center and Water Suppliers in Williamson County. The WCRS volunteer fire department serves the communities of Grassland, Leipers Fork, Pinewood, Greenbrier, Boston, Bending Chestnut, Fernvale, Burwood, Thompsons Station and the rural areas outside of the cities of Franklin and Fairview.

ISO collects information on municipal fire protection efforts in communities and analyzes the data using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). ISO will then assign a Public Protection Classification (PPC) ranging from 1 to 10 with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst.

Less than 35% of all communities surveyed in the nation receives an ISO Class rating of 5. This rating entitles the residential and commercial property owners within the area covered by the WCRS to receive maximum credit on their insurance premiums.

Virtually all U.S. Insurance companies use PPC information to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance, generally offering lower premiums in communities with better protection. By offering economic benefits for communities that invest in their firefighting services, the program provides a real incentive for improving and maintaining public fire protection.

Todd Bowman, Chief WCRS states "To achieve this ISO Class 5/5X rating is truly a testament to the continued hard work of the members of the WCRS. Whether it is in training, responding to emergencies, or efforts in fire prevention and education, the push for excellence by our members is something that makes our department one of the best in Tennessee. To say that the WCRS volunteer fire department is Page | 2

in the top 35 percent of fire departments across the country is truly humbling. I am so very proud of the men and women of the Williamson County Rescue Squad"

About WCRS:

Founded in 1966 the Williamson County Rescue Squad, Inc is a non-profit organization registered as a 501(c)(3) providing volunteer fire, rescue and emergency services to Williamson County, TN. Staffed by 75 professionally trained volunteer personnel, the WCRS operates seven fire stations throughout the county and also provides frequent mutual aid to fire and rescue agencies in neighboring communities. More information can be found at www.wcfire.com.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Todd Bowman at 615-790-5821 or email at: toddbowman@wcfire.com



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