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Posted on: January 3, 2018

Coralville Fire Department Maintains High Rating


Classification of 2 on a 10 point scale is in the top 3% nationally

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) has completed its analysis of the City of Coralville’s firefighting capabilities, which are provided by the Coralville Fire Department. Based on that review, the City has maintained its Public Protection Classification of 2 on a scale of 10, with 1 being the highest possible ranking. The Department originally achieved the ranking of 2 in 2013.

The most recent review by the Insurance Services Office reflects exemplary scores in the following areas:

  • Emergency Reporting: Enhanced 911, Enhanced 911 wireless, computer aided dispatch, and geographic information system
  • Telecommunicators: receipt of alarms in accordance with National Fire Protection Association guidelines, telecommunicator training and certification, and telecommunicator continuing education and quality assurance
  • Fire Department: engine companies, reserve pumpers, pumper capacity, ladder service, and operational considerations including standard operating procedures and incident management systems
  • Water Supply: water supply system and hydrants
  • Community Risk Reduction: fire prevention code regulations, fire prevention certification and training, fire investigation organization and staffing, use of National Fire Incident Reporting System
  • Training: facilities and use, classes for officers, new driver and operator training, existing driver and operator training, training on hazardous materials, recruit training, and pre-fire planning inspections

ISO analyzes municipal fire-protection services in communities throughout the United States. Based on information provided by ISO, in 2017, out of more than 46,000 fire departments in the country, 1,324 were classified as a 2 and only 241 were classified as a 1.

Coralville Fire Chief David Stannard commented, “This review reflects the commitment and dedication of the City and the Department to fire protection in the community, including ongoing training, emergency response, and purchase and maintenance of appropriate equipment and apparatus. The Coralville Water Department is also an important part of this rating, as is our partnership with the Joint Emergency Communications Center.”

The Public Protection Classification is based on a numerical rating system. The system is weighted with ten percent of the overall grade based on how well the fire department receives fire alarms and dispatches its fire-fighting resources; fifty percent based on the fire department’s structure fire suppression system; and forty percent based on the adequacy of the water supply for fire suppression.

ISO is the leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry. Many insurers use the Public Protection Classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

City Administrator Kelly Hayworth commented, “The Coralville Fire Department has a history of recruiting fine candidates and providing high-quality training. They are among the best in Iowa and this rating confirms that. I would like to thank all of the firefighters for their work and dedication in protecting the citizens of Coralville.”

About the Coralville Fire Department

The Coralville Fire Department is staffed with over 30 volunteers and 5 paid members. The department averages 74,810 hours each year of on-duty volunteer staffing, with an average of 13.7 firefighters responding per structure fire. 

The department provides fire, medical, hazardous materials, and water rescue services for Coralville, East Lucas Township, and the University of Iowa Research Park. The Coralville Fire Department also provides proactive prevention services such as site plan reviews and fire safety education. Local community projects include fire safety education and station tours. 

The Coralville Fire Department has two fire stations, located at 1501 5th Street and 2525 Holiday Court.  In addition, Coralville’s Fire Rescue Training Facility west of 1st Avenue is a regional fire training center for fire departments, public emergency organizations, law enforcement, and private industry.

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