The East Barren Volunteer Fire Department, the 911 Dispatch Center and the Glasgow Water Company announced the results of the recent Insurance Service Organization survey in a press release issued by the fire department on Monday.

According to the press release, EBVFD was awarded an ISO rating 4/4y, a step up from the previous class 5/9 rating, and it went into effect July 1.

A public protection classification from 1 to 10 is issued to fire departments across the country. Class 1  represents superior property fire protection and class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression

program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria, the release said.

The first number refers to the classification of properties within five road miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply. The second number, with either the X or Y designation, applies to properties within five road miles of a fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply. ISO generally assigns class 10 to properties beyond five road miles, the release said.  

These designations reflect a reduction in fire severity and loss and have the potential to reduce property insurance premiums. Home owners should check with their insurance company to see about this reduction due to the ISO ratings, the release advised.

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