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Trussville Fire’s ISO rating improves

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The inspection rating for the Trussville Fire Department has improved, Trussville City Councilman Brian Plant said earlier this week.

The department’s Insurance Services Office rating improved from a 4 to a 3. ISO collects information on a community’s public fire protection and analyzes the data using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, then assigns a public protection classification from 1 to 10. The lower the number, the better the rating.

A Trussville fire truck
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Ratings gauge the fire protection capability of the local fire department to respond to structure fires in a property in which a company has a financial stake, according to By classifying a community’s ability to suppress fires, ISO provides crucial information for understanding the entire landscape of risk associated with a specific property.

The last time the Trussville Fire Department was rated was 1999, and its rating was a 4, Plant said.

“It’s a very big deal,” he said.

Plant said less than 3 percent of about 50,000 communities have a rating between 1 and 3.

“Trussville joins a very select group of communities,” Plant said.

Trussville Fire Chief Russell Ledbetter was recognized for the rating at last week’s Trussville City Council meeting.

“It’s a team effort,” Ledbetter said.

Trussville currently has three fire stations: Station 1 on Main Street behind Trussville City Hall, Station 2 on Roper Road and Station 3 on U.S. Highway 11 near Mary Munger Road. The Trussville Fire & Rescue administrative offices are located in the former Hewitt Elementary School on Cherokee Drive. A fourth fire station is in future plans to be located at the corner of Trussville-Clay Road and Service Road.

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