Exceptional Fire Safety Rating Benefits City

Article By Alyssa Mielke

The City of Rocklin is in the top 4.1% of the nation in fire protection, according to a recent evaluation by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).

On a scale of 1-10, with a rating of 1 denoting the best ability to respond to a fire and a 10 signaling little or no fire protection, the City was classified as a 2 on the Public Protection Classification (PPC). Only 1,800 communities in the country have this rating or higher.

A PPC reflects the City’s ability to protect insured goods in a fire, and better ratings lead to lower insurance costs. The score is based on emergency communications (911), water supply, and the fire department’s training, response, and equipment.

What’s more: The City is remarkably close to achieving the coveted top rating, which belongs to only 305 communities in the nation.

“The City is very close to rising to a class 1 rating, and we are proud of the work we have done to attain this level of protection. Additionally, we are looking at smart and economical ways to continue to improve and modify our program in areas the ISO has highlighted,” said Rocklin Fire Chief Bill Hack.

The Rocklin Fire Department (RFD) is hiring a new deputy chief in January, whose first large project will be to target future endeavors that will benefit the City and residents that the department can incrementally work towards.

Already in the works is a complete deployment analysis, which looks at standards of response times, amount of firefighters staffed at one time, and area coverage, to see where the department can improve safety.

RFD also emphasizes public health and safety through community risk reduction campaigns and routine business inspections to lower fire risk for all residents. To see what you can do to reduce your fire risk, visit rocklin.ca.us/community-risk-reduction.