On Monday, March 18, Emergency Services Director Eric Myler brought before Mayor Brian Hasek, the Board of Aldermen and several concerned citizens, a message of success and hope for Harrisonville residents.
Myler informed the Mayor and Board that the City had recently received a Class 3 rating from the Insurance Services Office; a reduction from the previous Class 4 rating, which the City had carried for at least the previous six years.
The ISO uses the Fire Suppression Rating System to measure the major elements of a community’s fire-suppression systems and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification (PPC). The PPC rating represents the effectiveness of the fire protection in a community and may affect insurance rates. The ISO rates fire departments with a numerical PPC rating between 1 and 10, with those departments that best meet the standards of the ISO receiving a PPC of 1.
“It is my distinct pleasure to inform you that the City of Harrisonville Emergency Services has been notified by the ISO that, effective March 1, 2019, the City of Harrisonville has been awarded a Public Protection Classification of 03/3X,” Myler said. “This is a reduction from the previous 04/4X classification that Harrisonville had been awarded, signifying an increase in effective fire protection provided by the City.”
Myler stated that he wishes to see the rating drop even lower, adding that the rating may affect business and homeowner insurance rates. Communities with a PPC rating of 1 may be afforded the lowest fire insurance rates. He advised residents to contact their insurance agents for more information.