The Hoover Fire Department has been awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), an organization that independently evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. Many communities use the Public Protection Classification rating as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of their fire-protection services. The Class 1 rating is the highest possible score that can be given to any fire department nationwide. The Hoover Fire Department is 1 of only 12 fire agencies in Alabama, and a total of 179 out of 48,000 departments nationally to have achieved this prestigious and significant ranking. Insurance companies use ISO information combined with other factors to establish local commercial business and residential property insurance rates – generally offering lower premiums in communities with better protection.

This Class 1 rating is a direct reflection of the level of hard work and dedication shown by our Firefighters, Inspectors, Command Staff, and Telecommunicators that come to work every day delivering outstanding service to our citizens and visitors.” said Fire Chief J.C. Wingate. “The ability to provide this current outstanding service is possible thanks to the continued support of the Mayor, City Council, City staff, and our wonderful community.”

The ISO ratings process involves a periodic, detailed analysis of all fire department equipment and operations, the city’s water system, and emergency 9-1-1 communications system. The program provides an objective nationwide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. By offering economic benefits for communities that invest in their firefighting services, the program provides an incentive for improving and maintaining public fire protection.