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Redwood City Fire Department Receives Class 1 Rating by the Insurance Services Office

Post Date:07/25/2018 1:23 PM
July 25, 2018
Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office
Redwood City Fire Department Receives Class 1 Rating by the Insurance Services Office
Redwood City becomes the first Fire Department in San Mateo County to receive highest possible score given to any fire department nationwide

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.-The City of Redwood City announced today that the Redwood City Fire Department has achieved a Public Protection Classification rating of Class 1 currently making it the only fire department in San Mateo County to receive such a rating. Nationwide, only 306 fire departments out of 46,000 have received a Class 1 rating, which is less than 1% of all fire departments.

The Redwood City Fire Department protects and serves the communities of Redwood City, San Carlos and some unincorporated areas of the County of San Mateo.The City of San Carlos also receives the Class 1 rating through the Redwood City Fire Department contract for services. Previously Redwood City was rated as a Class 2 fire department and San Carlos a Class 3.

"Achieving this high ranking is a collaboration between the Redwood City Fire Department, San Mateo County Public Safety Communications (dispatch center) and the water departments in both Redwood City and San Carlos. We are proud of this partnership that delivers such a high level of service to the communities we serve," said Stan Maupin, fire chief for the Redwood City Fire Department.

Insurance companies use ISO information combined with other factors to establish local commercial business and residential property insurance rates and generally offer lower premiums in communities with better protection. Property owners are encouraged to check with their insurance companies on potential insurance rate adjustments.

The program provides an objective nationwide standard that helps fire departments evaluate and plan for facilities, equipment and training. ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States, analyzing a community's fire suppression system including emergency communications (dispatch), fire department (including operational and training considerations), and water supply. In addition, the ISO evaluates community efforts to reduce losses through fire prevention, public fire safety education, and fire investigation. ISO assigns a rating from one to 10. Class 1 represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression program does not meet ISO's minimum criteria.

For more about the Redwood City Fire Department, go here.

For more about the ISO Public Protection Classification program, go here.
About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow Redwood City on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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