By Megan Miller, Editor
CENTER POINT – The Center Point Fire District announced their new ISO Community Fire Protection Classification on Thursday.
The Center Point Fire District Board of Trustees, Jefferson County Commissioners, Jefferson County 911 Director and the mayors from Center Point, Clay and Pinson, as well as city council members, all attended the event Thursday morning. Past and present employees of the Fire District were also in attendance.
According to Fire Chief Donnie West, the new Public Protection Classification plays an important role in the underwriting process for insurance premiums.
“This could positively impact both homeowners and commercial investors that utilize the PPC grading schedule for insurance coverage,” West said in a press release.
For the community, this means that the areas of Jefferson County that are served by the Center Point Fire District have the best available fire suppression protection, according to national standards on personnel, training, water supply, equipment, response times, organization and communication.
In 2015, only 132 fire departments achieved an ISO Class 1 rating, out of more than 48,000 that were evaluated. This means the Center Point Fire District is now included in the top 1 percent of fire suppression organizations in the United States. Additionally, there are four ISO Class 1 fire departments in Alabama, but Center Point Fire District is the only district to hold an ISO Class 1 rating.