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Posted on: October 22, 2019

Williamson County Volunteer Fire Department Achieves ISO Class 5

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Williamson Fire-Rescue (WFR) achieved an ISO Class 5 rating after their most recent review. The new rating could result in millions of dollars in cost-reduction to insurance premiums for residential and commercial property owners located within 5 miles of one or more of the 4 WFR stations.

WFR, a volunteer fire department, protects over 42,000 citizens throughout the unincorporated Williamson County fire districts of Flat Creek, Bethesda, Peytonsville, and College Grove.

 “Williamson County is blessed to have men and women who volunteer to provide emergency services each and every day throughout the unincorporated County. Each Volunteer Firefighter with WFR has sacrificed hundreds of hours annually to achieve this ISO rating. It not only benefits their jurisdiction, but also benefits the public safety system as a whole,” said Public Safety Director Bill Jorgensen.

ISO ratings are given by the Insurance Services Office using a system called Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) and are determined through the evaluation of 3 different categories: the fire department, water supply systems, and fire alarm and communications. The fire department includes apparatus, pumping capacity, equipment, training, and overall coverage. The reach of the department’s community risk reduction programs and public education programs are also evaluated within the rating. Water supply systems assess the water supply a community uses for fire suppression, including hydrant size, type, and installation, inspection frequency and condition, as well as, the fire departments ability to shuttle water. Fire Alarm and Communications assesses the community’s ability to handle and dispatch fire alarms from its 911 center.

WFR Chief Brian Jones stated, “The department’s achievement is based upon a variety of factors. Increased training, documented response capability, hydrant testing, water supply drills and fire prevention activities are a few examples of areas the department has worked to improve. This ISO rating is one example of the dedication of our volunteer firefighters to serve their community.”

WFR would like to invite residents to attend their Community Day Celebration taking place on October, 26th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6600 Depot St. in College Grove, TN. Residents can receive more information on how the new rating impacts them while enjoying bounce houses, chili cook-off, and games. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/744720302655101/

The new rating becomes effective December 1, 2019. Resident and business owners within WFR’s fire district are encouraged to contact their property insurance company to inquire if the new ISO rating may reduce their premium.

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