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Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Fire Rescue has improved its ISO rating after the completion of their recent Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey. ISO completed its analysis of the structural fire suppression delivery system provided in our county and moved the ISO rating from a Class 5 to a Class 3. The survey evaluates all aspects of the department’s fire rescue services, as well as the water supply services provided by the county, on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest.
Effective November 1, 2016, Horry County Fire/Rescue will be reclassified to the improved ISO Class 3 status.
“Thanks to the cooperation and leadership of Chief Tanner and his staff and Administrator Chris Eldridge for assisting in this lengthy, but critical process by the PPC,” stated County Councilman and Chairman of the Public Safety Committee Al Allen. “This improved classification is a direct result of achieving a much better and secure fire service for our county and providing a first-rate public safety response as we continue to prepare for the future growth needs of our county.”
“This improved classification is incredible news for our citizens,” stated Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. “Our council has been committed to fire protection services in our community and have invested local tax dollars over the years to replace aging fire apparatus, build or replace fire stations, and provide a safe working environment for our many brave men and women in our fire department. We should all be proud.”
ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or prices to change for personal or commercial property insurance. By achieving a lower ISO classification, residents and business owners could see a saving on their insurance.
The last ISO reclassification was done in Fiscal Year 2009, when Horry County Fire Rescue was rated a 5.
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