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DeLand Fire Station

The DeLand Fire Department has been awarded ISO Class 1 status, becoming the first fire department in Volusia County to receive the classification.

ISO Class 1 is the best rating a fire department can receive, meaning fire crews demonstrated excellent service to their community. Less than one percent of fire departments across the nation have been able to attain this rating. ISO is an independent company that gathers information about structure fire suppression capabilities in communities across the United States.

A Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is used to analyze the data and provide a Public Protection Classification (PPC) grade to the department. The rating can range from 1 to 10, with Class 1 representing an “exemplary fire suppression program,” according to the company.

“This highest fire department public protection rating is an example of the collaborative effort by the firefighters who protect this city, our public utilities department who provide our water supply and the continued support of our city administration & elected officials,” said DeLand Fire Chief Todd Allen. “This rating comes with great effort and planning to ensure that those who live, work and visit our city, are provided with the best possible fire and rescue services.

“Aside from placing the department in an elite group, it could also mean lower insurance premiums for residents and commercial properties. We advise residents to contact their insurance provider.”

More information on the ISO Class 1 rating may be found on our website: https://www.deland.org/645/ISO-Class-1-Rating

-Vicki Karr

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