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Posted on: September 29, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City of Phillipsburg Fire Department Public Protection Classification Improves

Earlier this summer, the Phillipsburg Fire Department met with an official from Insurance Service Office, Inc. (ISO) to complete the Public Protection Classification (PPC) Survey.  This survey reviews documentation of many different areas which pertain to the Fire Department including call response, fire equipment, fire training, fire hydrant condition and flows.  Documentation of fire department meetings, training, equipment testing, and much more are reviewed to earn credit for a Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating which is then used in the underwriting process of insurance companies.

In 2011, an ISO survey was completed and a Public Protection Classification rating of 6/8B was earned.  Effective January 1, 2018, the City of Phillipsburg Public Protection Classification will improve to a 5/5Y rating.  The PPC rating is earned by using a 100-point credit scale with a PPC of 10 being the worst with 0 – 9.99 credits and 1 being the best with 90 or more credits.  The following is a summary of the Phillipsburg PPC credit review:

Earned Credit
Credit Available
Emergency Communications
Fire Department
Water Supply
Community Risk Reduction
Total Credit

The largest area of improvement for the 2017 rating versus the 2011 rating was the credit earned for the frequency of fire hydrant inspections and flow testing.  The Phillipsburg Public Works Department is doing this work annually and documenting the information to continue to improve this area.  The recent fire hydrant painting done by staff and Phillipsburg Middle School Students will be another improvement for future ISO surveys.

Congratulations to the volunteer firemen who serve the community for a successful survey.  These volunteers continue to work to improve this rating which ultimately affects resident’s fire insurance premiums in a positive manner.  The following community members serve as volunteers on the fire department: Fire Chief Jeremiah Clancy, Asst. Chief Blaine VanKooten, Secretary/Treasurer Bob Kendall, Jobey Black; Don Blew, Cody Bogart, Travis Carswell, Tim Driggs, Joel Hiesterman, Jayson Hueneke, Matt Jarvis, Chad Lenker, Terry McConnell, Jamie Reimer, John Shelton, Kip Tweedy, Trenton Wienman.  Thank you for serving Phillipsburg and Phillips County.

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