The City of Irving has joined an elite group of only 97 municipalities in the United States, receiving the highest rating possible, Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1, according to the latest ISO report.

The Insurance Services Office had listed the City of Irving as ISO-2, but recent upgrades to the Irving Fire Department’s infrastructure, manpower, equipment and apparatus elevated the rating to the coveted ISO-1 classification.

Irving will soon have two new facilities for the Fire Department. The state-of-the-art fire-training center, which is shared with the City of Grand Prairie, opened July 21. Then Irving’s newest fire station, Fire Station 12, will open Aug. 10. Irving built the fire station to serve Irving’s explosive growth on the north side of the city. The new fire station and training facilities were key to achieving the ISO-1 classification.

Irving hired 51 firefighters over the last year and purchased some impressive new apparatus, including two tiller trucks, one engine and two ambulances. Tiller Truck 3 will cover the Loop 12/State Highway 183 area, and Tiller Truck 12, Engine 12 and Medic 12 will be located in the new fire station. The second ambulance will cover southeast Irving.

“We would like to thank the City Council and city manager for their leadership in recognizing how the additional resources will better serve our community, and the importance of an ISO-1 rating for both our residents and corporate partners,” said Irving Fire Chief Victor Conley. “They have made a huge commitment to the response capabilities of our department for our citizens, businesses and visitors.”

The benefit of achieving an ISO-1 classification is lower insurance rates for residents and businesses. Residents can realize up to a 3 percent decrease in their rates, while businesses will see a 1-2 percent decrease in theirs. However, the most significant impact for the ISO-1 rating will be the City of Irving’s increased marketing capability for economic development.

The new top rating becomes effective Nov. 1.

 

Presented by The City of Irving – July 25, 2017

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