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Posted on: January 21, 2022

What It Means to Be a Class 1 Agency

Two logos reflecting Class 1 rating and international accreditation.

Arvada Fire has earned and retained two of the highest recognitions available to fire agencies, reflecting our commitment to keeping residents and businesses safe.

In February of 2021, Arvada Fire was awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). A Class 1 rating is the highest possible fire protection class rating and is determined based on how well a fire response agency can protect the community it serves.

Additionally, we are internationally accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Accredited agencies are often described as being community-focused, data-driven, outcome-focused, strategic-minded, well organized, properly equipped, and properly staffed and trained.

Arvada Fire is one of just eight fire agencies in Colorado and one of 114 nationally with a Class 1 ISO rating and international accreditation. Less than one percent of fire agencies across the country earn a Class 1 rating. 

What does all of this mean for those in our community? It means that residents, business owners, and visitors can continue to count on first-class fire protection services and our steadfast commitment to preserve life, property, and the environment.

Additionally, many insurance agencies use a PPC rating from the ISO to determine property coverage rates. A Class 1 rating means that owners in that service area could get the lowest premium possible in that area of insurance. 

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