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Effective July 1, Bellmawr FD Will Be Designated ISO Class 3 Fire Dept.

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The Insurance Service Office (ISO) recently completed a re-evaluation of the quality of fire protection for the Borough of Bellmawr provided by the Bellmawr Fire Department.

The evaluation period covered the last three years.

The in-depth analysis reviewed the following:

  • Emergency Communications (emergency reporting and dispatch systems and their capabilities)
  • Fire Department Operations (equipment, staffing, training, response times, facilities, equipment maintenance and testing, record keeping)
  • Water Supply Systems (amount of water available for firefighting, inspection, and flow testing and maintenance of fire hydrants)
  • Fire Risk Reduction Efforts (fire prevention codes and enforcement, public fire safety education, fire investigations)

ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) grading scale ranges from a Class 1, which denotes “superior property protection” to Class 10, which indicates that an area’s fire protection does not meet the minimum criteria established by ISO.

Lower ratings reflect the quality of a fire department and the services that it provides — and usually translate into lower-cost property owner’s insurance premiums for customers of insurance companies that use ISO information.

The Bellmawr Fire Department has been a Class 4 Fire Department since 1999.

Jim Burleigh, Fire Chief for the Bellmawr Fire Department, said: “I’m pleased to inform you that as a result of our recent evaluation by ISO, the Bellmawr Fire Department will receive the designation of an ISO Class 3 Fire Department. This is a direct reflection of the dedication of the Officer staff, the members of the Volunteer Department and the governing body.”

Click the image below to download or print the letter to present to your insurance agent.

(All photos by SJO)

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