05/25/15 492 W - + 10 - 6 Cary Climbs to Class 1 and Other ISO Updates

Speaking of the Cary Fire Department, let's trumpet their insurance rating improvement that was announced last month. And, cough, cough, which we didn't blog or tweet about at the time.1 They climbed from Class 3 to Class 1 rating, becoming the first ISO 1 fire department in the Triangle, and joining just a couple others in North Carolina.2

From Town of Cary press release on April 23, 2015:

"Following a rigorous four-month review by Insurance Services Office (ISO), the Town of Cary has jumped from a Class 3 rating to the top insurance rating of Class 1. As a result, roughly one in three Cary businesses can expect to see a lower insurance premium in the coming months; the change in rating will likely have little to no impact on residential insurance premiums. The rating will go into effect July 1. "

The last ISO review was conducted in 2010, and specific improvements to both the fire department and the supporting infrastructure included:

"Expanding capacity at the Town’s Communications Center; implementing improvements to the Town’s radio system; expanding the water system in proportion to the Town’s population; and redistributing Fire Department resources in conjunction with the opening of a new fire station and starting construction of an additional fire station."

The Cary Fire Department has eight stations and 219 employees. They operate eight engines, four ladders, and three rescues. They serve an area of 57.56 square miles and a population of over 150,000.

How many Class 1 fire departments are there in North Carolina? Two more departments were added to that list in April, as both Fayetteville and High Point received insurance rating increases. Here's a press release on the former and a High Point Enterprise story on the latter.

Locally, both Raleigh and Durham were evaluated at the same time as Cary. The results of Durham's inspection were announced earlier this month. They climbed from a Class 3 to a Class 2, as this May 8 news release notes. The results of Raleigh's inspection are pending.

Congratulations to these fire departments on their increased insurance ratings!

1Here's the deal with social media and stuff. History Boy plays on three channels: Facebook, Twitter, and his blog. Sometimes he'll use one and plan to use another. Then he gets distracted and the second step doesn't happen. And even though, if asked later, he'll swear on a stack of pancakes that he did both. (Because his brain remembers the thoughts of intention, just not the resulting action.) Works for me as an excuse. Also a good reminder that you really need a methodology to successfully social media-ize across several channels. Say, a checklist. (Read Atul Gawande's excellent The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right for perspectives on same.)

2The Cary Fire Department is also nationally accredited, which is another rarity. They received same in 1999 as this news release notes. Today, there are nineteen accredited fire departments in North Carolina. View that list.

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