Richmond Fire ranks among top 1 percent in U.S., joining Henrico County; the distinction could result in lower insurance premiums

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  • Published: 05/12/2018 02:16 AM

Richmond’s fire department, along with Henrico County’s, ranks among the top 1 percent in the nation, according to the company that assesses nearly 45,000 public fire protection districts. The city earned a Class 1 fire suppression rating from the Insurance Services Office, a subsidiary of data analytics and risk assessment firm Verisk Analytics. Class 1 is the highest rating on the scale with 10 being the lowest, according to the company. Henrico’s fire department is also rated Class 1; Chesterfield is Class 2; and Hanover rose from Class 5 to Class 3 this year. “It’s a big win for the city,” Richmond Fire Chief Melvin Carter said. “More than anything, this rating demonstrates reliability.”


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