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ISO rating improved

December 28, 2012 by WLKM 

Deputy Sgt. Geoffrey Smith of the Sturgis Police Department and deputy fire chief Andrew Strudwick have announced the city’s fire department has improved its ISO rating from a Class 6 to a Class 4.

In a recent presentation before members of the city commission, Smith and Strudwick said the Class 4 status makes the Sturgis Fire Department one of 87 in Michigan to be at that level. For the sake of comparison, in Michigan, there are 27 Class 3 departments, one Class 2 department and no Class 1 departments.

Efforts to achieve the reclassification were a tenacious process, Smith said, noting that ISO stands for Insurance Services Office.

In essence, Smith and Strudwick said, the ISO class rating determines the overall preparedness and operations of a fire department. The rating is issued following an on-site inspection by ISO officials.

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