The Westfield Fire Department is proud to announce that our district’s property protection class rating issued by the Insurance Services Office has improved by one full point this year from 5/9 to 4/4x. Commonly known as the “ISO rating”, each district is independently evaluated and assigned a score from one to ten. The lower the number, the better the protection. The rating is often used by insurance agencies to calculate insurance preminums, so a lower score can result in better insurance rates. Factors considered as part of this evalution are fire reporting and communications infrasturcture and process, fire station locations, equipment type and testing, personnel training, readiness and response capabilities and water supply. The Westfield Fire District includes areas with and without fire hydrants requiring our department to prove that we can deliver sufficient sustained water flow to areas that do not have fire hydrants. It is the mission of the Department to continue to improve the quality of our fire protection services and this is one indpendent method of measuring the quality of our services and planning for future improvements. Any property owners in the Westfield Fire District who have questions about the District’s ISO ratings or who plan to contact their homeowner’s insurance carrier about how the rating change may affect their premiums should contact the Westfield Fire District’s Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) for additional information.