The City of Decatur is proud to announce that the Decatur Fire Department has been awarded a Class 2 rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the Department’s best rating ever which could mean savings to property owners on insurance premiums.

The new Class 2 rating places Decatur in the top 3% of the over 48,000 fire departments evaluated by ISO.

ISO evaluates communities according to a uniform set of criteria, incorporating nationally recognized standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Water Works Association.  The City’s rating is determined by evaluating the Fire Department, Water Department & Dispatch Center and the rating agency in issuing the improved rating cited operational items that included:

  • The organization’s use of Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) combined with the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Automatic Vehicle Location programs.
  •  The Fire Department Training Program
  • The Department having a fulltime professional fire prevention bureau which represented the largest point increase

The ISO rating used by most insurances companies to establish premiums for homeowners and commercial fire insurance. The best possible PPC rating for any community is one (1) and the poorest possible PPC rating is ten (10). Decatur was last evaluated by ISO in 2012 when the rating improved from a Class 4 to a Class 3.

The new rating goes into effect June 1, 2017. Contact the Decatur Fire Department at 217-424-2811 for more information.