January 2012, ISO concluded its review of the fire suppression features being provided for/by the Bluffton Township Fire District. The resulting community classification is Class 3/9. The criteria per the ISO evaluation of 2012 indicates that,
- Any property within the Bluffton Township Fire District that is within five road miles of a Bluffton fire station and within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant is a PPC three.
- Any property within five road miles but does not have a fire hydrant or other recognized source of water for fire protection within 1000 feet is a PPC nine.
- Any property outside of five road miles whether it has a water distribution system for fire protection or not is a PPC ten.
The actual mileage that exceeds the five mile road distribution for any property located with the Bluffton Township Fire District is within 4.0 miles.
From a realistic standpoint, this does not impose any negative firefighting or rescue capabilities to these properties that are provided currently within the five mile distance.
All ISO - PPC inquiries within the Bluffton Township Fire District should first be obtained officially through the ISO offices at 800-444-4554.
Insurance Services Offices (ISO) is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators and others by providing information about risk. ISO’s staff collects information about municipal fire suppression efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of these communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data and assigns a Public Protection Classification (PPC) – a number from 1 – 10. Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria.
ISO collects and evaluates information from communities in the United States on their structure fire suppression capabilities. The data is analyzed using the ISO fire Suppression Rating schedule and then a number is assigned to the community.
The Fire Suppression Rating Schedule recognizes fire protection features only as they relate to suppression of first alarm structure fires. In many communities, fire suppression may be only a small part of the fire department’s overall responsibility. ISO recognizes the dynamic and comprehensive duties of a community’s fire service and understands the complex decisions a community must make in planning and delivering emergency services.