FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cassandra Lafser, 407.246.2182
City of Orlando Fire Department
Achieves International Accreditation and Receives ISO 1 Rating for the
Orlando, FL – August 16, 2013 – Mayor Dyer and the City
of Orlando are proud to announce that the Orlando Fire Department is one
of only 15 departments in America to have both the international
accreditation and an ISO 1 rating.
For the first time, the City of Orlando received Accredited Agency
Status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation, International (CFAI).
Orlando is among 172 fire/rescue agencies to be awarded with this
accredited status in the nation.
This announcement follows the recent renewal of the Orlando Fire
Departments Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 1. ISO is the
national standard for rating and ranking fire departments. Orlando’s
rating is the highest possible and only 55 communities in the country
have similarly ranked fire departments.
“These recognitions and top ratings allow Orlando residents to live,
work and go to sleep every night knowing that their fire protection is
the best in the country,” said Mayor Dyer. “Attaining these recognitions
demonstrate the City’s continued commitment to providing the highest
quality services to our community.”
The Accreditation Program was developed by the Center for Public Safety
Excellence Inc. (CPSE) to identify and maintain optimal levels of fire
and emergency services for agencies. The program involves a
comprehensive self-assesment and evaluation model that enables fire and
emergency service organizations to examine their service levels and
performance in a way that allows them to compare to industry best
practices. This process leads to improved service delivery.
ISO collects information on municipal fire protection efforts from more
than 47,000 fire response jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Using the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), ISO assigns a Public
Protection Classification (PPC) from 1 to 10, with Class 1 representing
superior property fire protection and Class 10 indicating that the
area’s fire suppression program doesn’t meet minimum criteria. By
classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps
communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. Generally,
better ISO ratings lead to lower fire insurance premiums and reduced