Federal Heights ISO Class 1
Federal Heights Fire Department was awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) effective February 1st, 2017. Most insurance companies use the PPC to calculate insurance premiums. The price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is generally substantially lower than a community with a poor PPC. Some of the key elements considered in the evaluation for a rating include response capabilities, staffing, apparatus, fire station location, training, fire prevention, communications and water supplies. Federal Heights is the first department in Colorado to ever achieve a Class 1 rating. Fire Chief Sean Ellis attributes his department’s success to his firefighters, the city’s 911 communications center, the Federal Heights Public Works Department and the neighboring fire departments who provide automatic aid. The award was officially presented to the department and city officials at public ceremony at the Pinnacle Charter School on March 1st. Speakers included Mayor Daniel Dick, Colorado Department of Public Safety Executive Director Stan Hilkey, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control Director Mike Morgan and ISO National Director of Community Hazard Mitigation Tom Weber.