Miami-Dade Fire Rescue achieves top national fire protection rating

April 8, 2024

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue secures highest ISO rating

On April 2, 2024, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) was honored with the Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), marking a significant milestone as the highest rating achievable.

This event was celebrated in a press conference led by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners at the Stephen P. Clark Center.

This recognition not only showcases MDFR’s commitment to excellence in emergency services but also positions it as a pioneer in the nation, being the first fire department serving a territory over 1,000 square miles with a population exceeding one million to achieve this status.

Impact on insurance rates and emergency services

The acquisition of the Class 1 ISO rating by MDFR signifies the adoption of cutting-edge practices in emergency response, enhancing the safety and reducing risks for the community.

It also has a profound effect on fire insurance premiums, potentially lowering rates for residential, commercial, and industrial properties within Miami-Dade County.

The community, including residents, businesses, and visitors, stands to benefit from both reduced insurance costs and superior emergency services, ensuring preparedness and protection in times of need.

National recognition and excellence in fire service

MDFR’s achievement places it in the elite top 1 percent of fire departments nationwide, joining a select group of fewer than 500 departments out of over 38,000 that have earned the Class 1 rating.

Moreover, it is among just 123 fire agencies accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission of Fire Accreditation International, highlighting its strategic, well-organized, and proficient approach to public safety.

FSJA Comment

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s achievement of the Class 1 Public Protection Classification from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) is a noteworthy development in the realm of public safety and emergency services.

This distinction recognizes the department’s adoption of advanced emergency response practices and its impact on the community through potential reductions in fire insurance premiums.

The recognition serves as a benchmark for excellence in fire service, reflecting on MDFR’s strategic planning, resources, and training.

It underscores the importance of continuous improvement and innovation in public safety services, ensuring that large communities like Miami-Dade County are well-protected and served by their fire rescue teams.

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