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Leawood Receives Top ISO Rating!

March 3rd, 2016

In a presentation on March 3rd, 2016 at Leawood City Hall, the City of Leawood learned that it had received a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The new rating goes into effect on June 1st, 2016. ISO is the leading supplier of statistical, underwriting, and actuarial information for the property/casualty insurance industry. Most insurers use the PPC classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial and industrial properties. These findings allow insurance companies to establish premiums based on anticipated risk. Many communities also use the PPC rating as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of their fire-protection services. Leawood was evaluated in four areas: the Fire Department, community risk reduction, emergency communications (The Johnson County Emergency Communications Center), and water supply (Water District # 1 of Johnson County). The ISO rating classification is provided on a scale of 1-10, with 1 considered as “exemplary”, and 10 considered “without protection.”

Leawood previously held a Class 3 rating before a comprehensive re-evaluation in November of 2015. ISO evaluates approximately 48,000 fire departments or fire districts across the United States. Of those, only 178 currently have a Class 1 rating. There are currently only 6 cities with a Class 1 ratings in Kansas. The Leawood Fire Department, an accredited department by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), has joined an elite group of only 40 departments nationwide to hold both a Class 1 ISO rating and international fire service accreditation. The National fire Protection Association currently recognizes 29, 980 fire departments in the United States.



Fire Department Accreditation

August 26th, 2015

On Aug 26th, the Leawood Fire Department received a unanimous vote for accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in Atlanta. The Department was represented at the hearings by Fire Chief Dave Williams, Training Chief Colin Fitzgerald (Accreditation Manager), Battalion Chief Jarrett Hawley, Mayor Peggy Dunn, City Administrator Scott Lambers, and the assessment team leader, Brian Dean.

The hearing took place after a four-person peer review team completed a four day, comprehensive, on-site assessment in May. The peer review team remotely audited LFD accreditation documents including the Strategic Plan, Standards of Cover, and Self-Assessment manual before even coming on site. Once in the local area, all areas of the LFD including supporting infrastructure was verified and validated against industry best practices. All told, it took the Leawood Fire Department approximately three years to prepare and complete the initial process. The Department now has to complete annual compliance reports every year and repeat the entire process every five years, showing consistent growth and improvement to remain accredited.

Currently, there are only 217 accredited fire departments in the world under the CFAI model. Seven of those are in Kansas with four in Johnson County.

Accreditaiton Award Picture

              Pictured L-R: Battalion Chief Jarrett Hawley, Training Chief Colin Fitzgerald,                                        CFAI Chair Steve Westermann, Fire Chief Dave Williams,                                            Mayor Peggy Dunn, City Administrator Scott Lambers