FBTX ~ Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker has announced that the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office has informed him that the City of Farmers Branch will be moved to an ISO Class 1 Public Protection Classification, effective December 1.
According to information published online by the state Fire Marshal's Office, the Public Protection Classification system grades the fire protection of a city using Insurance Services Office (ISO) Fire Suppression Rating Schedule. The system is used in all 50 states.
The ISO classifies communities from 1 (best) to 10 (worst) based on how well they score on the rating schedule which grades such features as water distribution, fire department equipment and manpower and fire alarm facilities.
Farmers Branch becomes one of only 63 class 1 communities in Texas and one of only 300 nationwide. Chief Parker said ISO ratings are one of the factors that affect insurance rates and the local residents and businesses should check with their carriers after December 1 to ensure that their fire insurance is being rated at the correct, lower level.