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Posted on: May 16, 2022

What It Means to Be a Class 1 Agency

Two logos reflecting Class 1 rating and international accreditation.

Arvada Fire is internationally accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and has been awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). We are one of eight agencies in Colorado and one of 113 agencies nationally with accreditation and an ISO Class 1 rating.

What does a Class 1 rating and accreditation mean for residents, business owners, and visitors? It means they can count on first-class fire protection services from Arvada Fire. These metrics demonstrate a quick response to community needs, effectiveness and dedication to mitigating risks within the community, and the highest commitment to preserving life, property, and the environment. 

Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program

The ISO is an independent organization that collects information and data about the quality of public fire protection within the community. Primary measures include emergency communications, fire department capabilities, water supply systems, and community efforts to reduce the risk of fire. Based upon this data, ISO assigns a PPC on a scale of 1 to 10 with Class 1 representing superior property fire protection. A high ISO rating is important to property owners who may now see a reduction in their insurance premiums.

Fire Service Accreditation

Agencies become accredited after peer review of their accreditation documents, completion of an onsite assessment, and participation in a public hearing before the CFAl. Accreditation is valid for five years. Accredited agencies are often described as being community-focused, data-driven, outcome-focused, strategic-minded, well organized, properly equipped, and properly staffed and trained.

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