December 2016
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Fire District Performance Praised by Insurance Rating Organization

Rancho Cucamonga is safer thanks to the efforts of our first responders.

A recent evaluation by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) found the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District performs with high service standards. Your local Fire District is committed to providing premier emergency and non-emergency services. Firefighters continuously train to hone their skills, find innovative ways to enhance services, and strive to make our community safer.

The ISO surveys fire departments across the country once every four years through a Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program that analyzes a community's structural firefighting system. The organization uses nationally recognized standards and criteria developed by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Water Works Association to evaluate emergency communications, water supply, staffing, equipment, and community risk reduction efforts. Since the last survey in 2012, the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District has improved from Class 3 to a Class 2 - one of only 1,164 in the country!

The ISO recently updated its survey by adding more emphasis on efforts to reduce the risk of fire in the community. With the support of the City Council and City Manager, the Fire District implemented a strong risk reduction program that helped make the difference in the improved PPC score. City leaders continue to support Prevention Bureau personnel's daily efforts to reduce risks, eliminate hazards, and prevent fires throughout the community.

Investments in firefighting, protection, prevention, preparedness, and community outreach also demonstrate a commitment to our business community. Communities with good PPC ratings benefit from substantially lower insurance rates for homeowners and businesses. By waiving permit and inspection fees and keeping insurance costs low, the Fire District helps businesses sustain operations, keeps people employed, and improves our City's economic health.

Good stewardship is also reflected in the improved score. Maximizing existing resources and regional cooperation with neighboring fire departments through automatic and mutual aid strengthens the Fire District's readiness. A robust training program helps prepare firefighters for the challenges they face now, as well as in the future, as manufacturing and development continuously evolves. Our partners at Cucamonga Valley Water District provide a Class 1 water system that also bolsters firefighting efforts.

According to the ISO, insurance loss data shows a direct relationship between excellent fire protection and low fire losses. Not only is the PPC program an effective tool for evaluating an organization's fire protection service system, but it is also a guide for fighting fires efficiently and effectively. The City congratulates the Fire District on an outstanding evaluation. For more information on local fire prevention efforts, please visit www.RCFire.org.