The Waukee Fire Department recently participated in a Public Protection Classification (PPC™) review by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), in which the City was rated as a Class 2/2Y. The PPC program assesses information on municipal fire protection efforts nationwide, assigning scores from 1 to 10, where 1 represents communities with superior fire protection and 10 indicates insufficient public protection. Waukee was last rated in 2012, in which the area scored a 5/5Y.
Thus, the 2/2Y classification marks a significant improvement.
Factors considered in the PPC review include emergency communications systems and dispatch facilities, fire department staffing and training, water supply systems and community efforts to reduce fire risk.
“This improved rating by an independent organization reinforces the Waukee Fire Department’s dedication to constant improvement as the City continues to grow,” said Waukee Fire Chief Clint Robinson. “The City has made significant investments in public safety in recent years, including efforts to increase staffing and training, as well as joining the Westcom Communications dispatch system.”
Not only does the reclassification represent an improvement in public safety, but it also could positively impact insurance costs for Waukee residents and business owners. Insurance companies use PPC ratings to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance, generally offering lower premiums in communities with better protection. This rating goes into effect September 1, 2016.