A good grade earned by the Richmond Heights Fire Department could save home and business owners money.
Fire Chief Marc Neumann told City Council at its meeting Tuesday (Nov. 26) that the department earned a high score from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which grades fire departments throughout the nation and assigns a Public Protection Classification (PPC) level to each department. Levels range from 1, the highest possible score, to 10, the worst. Departments are graded every four years. The RHFD scored a PPC of 2. The ISO gave only five Ohio fire departments a rating of 1, and 88 (4 percent of all Ohio departments) a score of 2. The largest class, of 541 departments, had a score of 5, while 397 scored a 4 and 224 a 3. Scoring a 9 were 334 departments, while 14 scored a 10.