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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Augusta Fire Department achieves highest fire protection rating


Augusta Fire Department achieves highest fire protection rating

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Insurance Services Office (ISO) has awarded the Augusta Fire Department the rating of Public Protection Classification 01/1X, its highest rating possible for fire protection services. ISO evaluated the department’s readiness and response capabilities across the entire Augusta-Richmond County area and found it to be superior.

“With today’s announcement, Augusta becomes one of only 18 communities across Georgia to achieve this top rating,” said Augusta Fire Department Chief Chris James. “This rating is a testament to the hard work our staff has put into raising our rating and making our city a safer place to work and live.”

"This is the first time in my career that I have been associated with a Class 1 fire department,” said Augusta Administrator Janice Allen Jackson. “I am immensely proud of Chief James for his strategic leadership, and all of the men and women of AFD for their hard work and dedication. This is one more way we have used the resources provided by our taxpayers to benefit the residents and visitors in a meaningful way."

In its letter to Mayor Hardie Davis, ISO officials explained that communities whose PPC improves could see lower premiums for homeowners insurance. The rating also reflects the city’s ability to offer the highest standard of fire suppression for businesses that choose to locate in Augusta.

“This rating is a strong reassurance to our incoming cybersecurity businesses and their employees that Augusta is the place to be,” said Mayor Davis. “They will save on insurance costs while knowing that the city is providing the best protection possible for their families and businesses.”

According to ISO, less than 250 communities nationwide have achieved the pinnacle rating of PPC 01. The organization’s evaluation of the Augusta Fire Department found that the department was fully prepared, equipped, and confident in its ability to reduce fire risks to businesses and homeowners.

The evaluation of the city’s fire suppression response considered much more than just the fire department’s ability to provide superior fire suppression. ISO also reviewed the city’s 911 emergency communications network, responsible for receiving fire calls and dispatching firefighters to reported structure fires. It also reviews personnel, training and overall operations.

Another significant consideration is the city’s ability to provide adequate water flow to the scene of a fire. The report commends the Augusta Utilities Department for providing the needed pressure to fire hydrants throughout Augusta.

Additional information about the ISO evaluation program is available online at


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