Cleveland Division of Fire and Cleveland City Council Host Media Availability on New “Gold Standard” ISO Rating

WHO: Council President Kevin J. Kelley; Chair of City Council Safety Committee Councilman Blaine Griffin; Chief of Fire Angelo Calvillo

WHAT: The Cleveland Division of Fire and Cleveland City Council will host a media availability to discuss the Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) recognition of the Division’s fire protection services. The Division has improved to ISO Class 1, effective January 1, 2022, a significant achievement meaning potentially lower insurance premiums within the city for residents and businesses.

WHEN:        Friday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m.

WHERE:      Cleveland Fire Training Academy

                     3101 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

WHY: The classification by ISO, known as the Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program, assesses the fire protection efforts in more than 47,500 communities in the United States. By classifying communities’ ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services.

In each of the communities evaluated, ISO analyzes the relevant data on three major components of fire suppression: fire department, emergency communications, and water supply. In addition, ISO recognizes community efforts to reduce losses through fire prevention, public fire safety education, and fire investigation. The company then assigns a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria.

Cleveland, Ohio can count itself among an elite group of communities in the U.S. Our Class 1 is shared by only 411 jurisdictions. Columbus and Toledo are the only metropolitan cities in Ohio with an ISO rating of 1.

ISO’s PPC information plays an important role in the decisions residential and commercial property insurers make affecting the availability and price of insurance coverage. As a result, by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program serves as an additional incentive for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.

Virtually all U.S. insurance companies use PPC information to identify opportunities for writing new business, achieve a reasonable concentration of property risks, review loss experience in various rating territories, and to price policies, offer coverages, and establish deductibles for individual homes and businesses.

Insurance companies — not ISO — establish the premiums they charge to policyholders. However, assuming all other factors are equal, the price of property insurance in a community with a good PPC is often lower than in a community with a poor PPC. View state and national data.


  • Mayor Frank G. Jackson

“I want to congratulate the Cleveland Division of Fire on obtaining the Insurance Services Office Fire Protection Class One,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.   “Chief Angelo Calvillo and the members of the Division of Fire have worked very hard to reach this goal and potentially benefit residents and businesses.”

  • Council President Kevin J. Kelley

“This new, top designation, is deserving of the Cleveland Fire Department. I know that the fire fighters work diligently to keep the city safe,” said Council President Kevin Kelley. “They are the ones that run towards danger. And they’ve worked hard to ensure that the Fire Academy got the recognition and certification that helps not just our fire fighters, but others who will train there.

  • Councilman Blaine Griffin

“This is great news for the city of Cleveland,” said Councilman Blaine Griffin, who chairs the Safety Committee. “The Safety Committee has taken steps over the years to bolster the fire department, including working to ensure that the Fire Academy got certified. To see it actually come it fruition is rewarding.”

  • Director Karrie Howard

“The Public Protection Classification Program provides a national standard for Fire Divisions when it comes to planning and budgeting of resources including facilities, equipment and training,” said Cleveland Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard. “I am proud to acknowledge this accomplishment and of the services provided to the City of Cleveland by the Division of Fire each day.”

  • Chief of Fire Angelo Calvillo

“This is great news for the City of Cleveland and for the Division of Fire,” said Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “I want to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women within the Division that helped make this achievement possible. Our fire fighters are proud to serve our citizens and I am proud of them.”

About ISO

ISO is a leading source of information about property/casualty insurance risk. For a broad spectrum of commercial and personal lines of insurance, ISO provides statistical, actuarial, underwriting, and claims information and analytics; compliance and fraud identification tools; policy language; information about specific locations; and technical services. ISO serves insurers, reinsurers, agents and brokers, insurance regulators, risk managers, and other participants in the property/casualty insurance marketplace. ISO is a Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ: VRSK) business. For more information, visit the ISO mitigation website at

About the City of Cleveland

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