Apopka Fire Department Once Again Achieves Highest ISO Rating

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) on Thursday once again awarded the Apopka Fire Department with a Public Protection Classification of “1,” ranking AFD as one of the top fire departments in the nation.

The department and the City of Apopka first achieved the ISO Class 1 rating in 2004, and have maintained it ever since. The award is based on a point system that measures the levels of service delivered by not only the fire department but also Apopka’s emergency communications center, which dispatches city fire and police emergencies, and the city’s water utility service, which earned a perfect score in the grading.

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“All of those have to perform very well,” said Thomas Weber, the ISO National Director of Community Hazard Mitigation, who visited Apopka’s fire department on Thursday to make the announcement. “They are doing exceptionally well. We grade 47,000 fire departments in the country. They [Apopka] are among only 132 Class 1’s.”

Apopka’s ISO 1 rating benefits the community in many ways. The designation translates into lower insurance costs for Apopka property owners, Weber explained. The system has ten grades – ISO 10 is for areas with no fire protection and where property owners can pay thousands more for insurance coverage. The ISO 1 grade allows the highest discount from insurance carriers, Weber added.

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“We are elated about being graded Class 1 again,” said Apopka Fire Chief Lee Bronson. “A lot of credit goes to the folks who are out there doing the work.”

The Apopka Fire Department includes 75 firefighters and 8 administration staff working among four fire stations. In 2014, the department responded to more than 5,300 emergency calls within the 34-square-mile city.

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