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Homer Fire Department Recognized for Positive Rating By Insurance Services Offices, Inc.

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The hard work by members from the Homer Fire Department continues as the fire department has recently had a positive rating change regarding the ISO rating for both the Town and Village of Homer.


ISO (Insurance Services Offices) is considered a nationally recognized standard for which fire departments throughout the country are scored on for department training, officer development, and apparatus. All of which are factors taken into consideration for a total ISO score.

An ISO score is used by insurance companies to define the risk factors for your property. This would include the distance of your home from the nearest fire station and the ability of the fire station to provide service in protecting that property. The ISO rating is designed to score a fire department’s ability to protect the community and provide a benchmark in making further improvements.

The Homer Fire Departments recent Public Protection Classification survey by ISO for the Town and Village of Homer, had improved from a score of 04 to 03.

“The Homer Fire Department has been a cornerstone of the Village of Homer for 150 years. Their dedication, professionalism, and bravery are without equal, and this improvement in our rating confirms that fact. I am thankful everyday that we are blessed with such a well-run, professional fire department,” said Homer Village Mayor Hal McCabe.

In a release, the Village of Homer recognized the hard work and dedication to the community by members of the Homer Fire Department, both past and present, in improving the department’s ISO rating, and current Fire Chief, Jay Riley, for his focus in improving the score.

The village says though individual insurance companies will determine their own premiums for their customers. The improved score may have those insurance companies consider a reduction in costs for homeowners.

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