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JOHN E. REBLE, FIRE CHIEF
The City of Milton Fire Department is proud to announce that it has maintained its very favorable Class 4 Rating from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO). ISO objectively reviews the fire suppression capabilities of a community and assigns a Public Protection Classification (PPC) - a number from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents exemplary fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire suppression program does not meet minimum recognition criteria. Insurance companies utilize this PPC classification for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial and industrial properties. A Class 4 rating represents the most favorable rating effecting residential insurance rates. With this Class 4 rating, ISO places the City of Milton Fire Department among the top 10% of all fire departments in the nation.
ISO's Public Protection Classification system analyzes three critical feature of a community's structure fire suppression delivery system, weighting each on its relative importance. The fire alarm and communication system, which are the facilities and support for handling and dispatching fire alarms, accounts for 10% of the total classification. The water supply system, including wells, storage tanks, water distribution system, and fire hydrants, accounts for 40% of the total classification. Finally, evaluation of the fire department itself, including its facilities, apparatus, equipment, pumping capacity, training, and personnel, accounts for the remaining 50% of the total classification.
ISO representatives visited Milton in February of this year to conduct the PPC survey. During this time fire department equipment and facilities were inspected, department records were examined, fire hydrants were flow-tested, and the dispatch center was visited. The City of Milton Fire Department wishes to thank both the City of Milton Water Department and the Santa Rosa County Emergency Communication Center for their extensive efforts to improve their respective systems, which greatly impacted this favorable rating.