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The Morgantown Fire Department recently earned a Class Two Rating from the Insurance Services Office.
This improvement places MFD within the top 3% of fire departments across the nation on their ability to protect the community they serve. The ISO review process uses nationally accepted models and standards to determine their rating.
“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the department,” said Morgantown Fire Chief Mark Caravasos. “This improved rating embodies the hard work and dedication of the city’s firefighters.”
The evaluation of the MFD took place in early spring 2018. Inspectors from the ISO visited the department and evaluated areas such as communications, training records, water systems, response times, staffing and much more. On August 2, the MFD received news from the ISO that it had improved its rating from Class Three to Class Two.
Through its Public Protection Classification Program, the ISO rates thousands of municipal and volunteer fire departments across the county once every five years. The ratings are then used by insurance agencies to aid in determining personal and commercial insurance costs in the areas the fire departments cover. Businesses typically see the greatest benefit to any reduced insurance costs which result from the ratings.
“The Morgantown Fire Department is committed to working toward a safer community and this ISO rating is the latest proof that the department is moving in that direction.”