Boiling Springs Fire District

Proud to be an ISO Class 1 Rated Fire Department

Greenville County Fire District Earns Maximum Rating

Boiling Springs Fire District’s ISO Class 1 Rating Places it Among America’s Top Departments

(Greenville County, SC) The Boiling Springs Fire District today announced that it ranks among the nation’s top fire departments according to the Insurance Services Office (ISO®) – the New Jersey-based organization that collects fire protection information in communities throughout the United States to help establish insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties.

Using its Public Protection Classification (PPC™) scale of 1 (representing exemplary public protection) to 10 (indicating that an area's fire-protection does not meet ISO's minimum criteria), ISO awarded Boiling Springs a Class 1 rating, according to district officials who celebrated the news during the commission’s monthly meeting last night.

Among ISO’s database of nearly 49,000 fire jurisdictions nationwide (Actual Number: 48,754), Boiling Springs is now one of only 132 Class 1 departments in the country and one of nine in South Carolina.

Chief Steve Graham of Boiling Springs said, "We have a team of commissioners and professional fire service personnel dedicated to making sure our district’s residents and businesses receive the best possible fire protection around the clock. With the construction of our fourth station soon underway, the goals of our strategic plan continue to be realized.”

As a result of obtaining a Class 1 rating, property owners in the district could see savings in their property insurance premiums when the new classification takes effect on October 1, 2015. (NOTE: Property insurance premium changes will vary by insurance carrier and property.)

According to public information posted on ISO’s web site, a community’s PPC depends on:

* emergency communications systems (including facilities for the public to report fires, staffing, training, certification of telecommunicators, and facilities for dispatching fire departments),

* the fire department (including equipment, staffing, training, and geographic deployment of fire companies),

* the water supply system (including the inspection and flow testing of hydrants and a careful evaluation of the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires), and

* community efforts to reduce the risk of fire (including fire prevention codes and enforcement, public fire safety education, and fire investigation programs).

Tom McDowell, chairman of the Boiling Springs Fire District said, “Spending most of my adult life in some capacity of the fire service, I understand the dedication and professionalism that are used in protecting people and property from one of the most destructive forces imaginable. As a district, we have worked incredibly hard to ensure that our district receives superior fire protection throughout. ISO’s Class 1 designation is a clear recognition of the efforts and accomplishments of our personnel and our commission.”

About the Insurance Services Office

Based in New Jersey, the Insurance Services Office collects information for the insurance industry to help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties as they relate to a community's fire-protection services. ISO provides that information through the Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program.

For more information on any topic related to the PPC program or the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, contact ISO Mitigation online at, or call the ISO mitigation specialists at 800-444-4554.

About the Boiling Springs Fire District

Established in 1968 and located on Greenville County's Eastside, the Boiling Springs Fire District is an ISO Class 1 rated department that covers 15 square miles and serves over 26,000 residents. Governed by five commissioners recommended by county council and appointed by the governor, the Boiling Springs Fire District is a special purpose district responsible for addressing specific concerns and local issues among commercial and residential interests through over 40 paid personnel and nearly 20 volunteers operating out of 4 fire stations.


ISO is a registered trademark of Insurance Services Office, Inc. PPC is a trademark of Insurance Services Office, Inc. Other brand names, product names, services, companies, events, and publications are or may be trademarks or registered trademarks of, and are used to identify, products or services of their respective owners in the U.S. and/or other countries.

This news release contains or may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from such statements for a variety of reasons. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Boiling Springs Fire District undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.



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