The Nevis Fire Department recently improved their Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey rating from a 6 to a 5.

The program measures and evaluates the effectiveness of fire-mitigation services provided in communities and rates them from 1-10 (1 being the best).

By lowering the ISO rating, city and township residents and businesses could benefit by these ratings with their insurance companies. Once reviewed by insurance underwriters, this could possibly save money on insurance rates.

This new rating takes effect in November. Residents should contact their insurance company to see what changes this may mean for their rates.

Any residents within five miles of the Nevis Fire Department and 1,000 feet of a credible water source (fire hydrant, suction point, or dry hydrant) will be rated at a 5. Anyone located within five miles but beyond 1,000 feet of a credible water source will be rated at a 5x. Anyone located over five miles is rated a 10.

The PPC survey is conducted every three to five years. ISO evaluates three main areas of a community's fire suppression system: emergency communications, fire department (including operational considerations) and water supply. In addition, it includes a community risk reduction section that recognizes community efforts to reduce losses.

The fire suppression rating schedule lists a large number of items (facilities and practices) that a community should have to fight fires effectively. For more information, contact chief Chris Norton at