Ga. fire dept. awarded ISO Class 1 rating
The chief said exceptional water services, with the combination of fire services and emergency communications, contributed to the rating
VALDOSTA, Ga. — Valdosta’s new Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating is a Class 1 —and it’s a significant achievement for our city and our citizens. Valdosta’s ISO rating is the highest fire insurance rating in the nation, held by only 136 out of 48,000 communities nationwide, only 11 of them in Georgia out of nearly 700 local governments. Valdosta becomes the first local government in South Georgia to ever receive a Class 1 rating.
The new ISO Class 1 rating, effective April 1, 2016, represents an elite group of communities totaling less than half of 1 percent of communities rated. Valdosta is proud to share the same rating with some larger nearby cities such as Atlanta, Jacksonville and Savannah.
"This is just another example of the dedication that our city employees display in the way they perform their jobs," said Mayor John Gayle. "On behalf of the Valdosta City Council, who has demonstrated unwavering support of the Valdosta Fire Department’s mission over the years, we are proud of our new classification and how it will positively impact the insurance rates for our property owners."