Williamsburg Fire Department ranks among nation’s best

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The City of Williamsburg Fire Department is ranked among the top two percent in the United States. (Photo courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)
The City of Williamsburg Fire Department is ranked among the top two percent in the United States. (Photo courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)

The City of Williamsburg Fire Department has earned the second highest Public Protection Classification rating possible from the Insurance Services Office, a rating organization for the insurance industry.

The classification places Williamsburg in the top two percent of all fire departments in the United States.

“This rating from ISO validates the work that the men and women of the Williamsburg Fire Department do every day and have been doing for many years,” City of Williamsburg Fire Chief Pat Dent said in a news release. “This was a collaborative effort that included our Department of Public Works, Regional Communications Center along with continued support from City Council and the community.”

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) ranks fire departments by evaluating overall performance, water supply, infrastructure for firefighting, emergency communications systems and community risk reduction.

Agencies can earn up to 105.5 points, with Williamsburg earning 88.84 points. Williamsburg’s point total places them 1.16 points shy of a Class 1 rating, which includes 132 departments across the country.

Based on a ratings scale of one to 10, with one being the best, Williamsburg rated a 2/2X. Williamsburg’s previous rating was a four.

The first number refers to the classification of properties within five road miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply. The second number with the “X” designation applies to properties within five road miles of a fire station, but beyond 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply.

Williamsburg’s new rating will take effect September 1, 2016.