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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:53 am

“It’s good news for the city of Enterprise,” the fire chief said as he announced that the Insurance Service Office rating has improved from a Class 3 to a Class 2 rating.

Enterprise Fire Chief Byron Herring said that the city has been officially notified that the result of the grading in November 2017 has revealed an improved classification rating.

To help establish fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties, insurance companies need reliable, up-to-date information about a community's fire-protection services. ISO provides that information through the Public Protection Classification program, Herring explained.

The ISO rating scale goes from a Class 1 to a Class 10. Class 1 represents exemplary public protection and a Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet minimum criteria.

In 1983, Enterprise went to a Class 5 rating. “That was good back in those days,” Herring said.

In 2002, Enterprise attained a Class 3 rating and it remained a Class 3 status through the 2012 rating.

“But the city was graded in November 2017 and the city has just received official notification that they have boosted to a Class 2 rating,” Herring said. “This can to help improve our insurance rates.”

Enterprise Mayor William “Bill” Cooper agreed. “This helps as far as the insurance rates people pay,” Cooper said. “It’s a very positive thing to have our fire department moving in that direction. It shows you that as far as stations, equipment and manpower we’re ready to do what we need to do.”

Herring said that a positive ISO rating also is an economic development asset for a community. “One of the first things that people want to know when they are considering coming to a location is what the ISO rating it,” Herring said. “It’s one of those things, like schools and crime rate, that people want to know about.”

Herring said that the department is rated about every five years now and that he sees that as a positive move. “It’s really good for us because it makes sure we stay on our toes,” he said. “For a local fire chief, the ISO rating is a good scale for us to go by.”

The ISO evaluates several factors every few years in determining the mark, including fire response capabilities, water supply, communications systems available, available equipment, and adequate staffing among others

“This shows a long term commitment to excellence on the part of our city and our fire department,” Herring said. “I am so proud of the men and women of this great city that have worked to achieve this top rating.

“This rating tells me, personally, that the fire department is going to be very good responding to other emergencies in the city in addition to the ones that are part of the ISO rating,” he added. “This is a tremendous achievement for our workforce and our citizens.”

Enterprise City Council President Perry Vickers and Council President Pro Tem Eugene Goolsby agreed. Vickers thanked Herring for his diligence and asked that he convey the council’s thanks to the city’s firefighting personnel.

“This is a credit to the hard work of our folks,” Goolsby said. “It is certainly good news for the city."

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