The city continued to rank high statewide and nationally in fire protection services, according to the company whose ratings are used to set insurance premiums.
Wilkes-Barre was one of nine fire protections areas in Pennsylvania to receive a Class 2 rating from Verisk through its Public Protection Classification program.
Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department Chief Jay Delaney credited the department and the relationships it’s built with the achievement. “Our whole team helped to achieve the Class 2,” he said.
The city maintained the rating it received in 2014, having climbed the ladder from a Class 5 in 1979. Due to the number of fire protection areas throughout the state, the evaluations are done every five to seven years. The latest for the city took six months to complete, Delaney said.