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April 9, 2019, Canton, MI – The Canton Fire Department recently requested the Insurance Services Office (ISO) to re-evaluate the Township’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) score. Canton has historically maintained a score of 5/8B, but following the most recent review, is being reclassified as a 3/3Y effective July 1, 2019. ISO is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators, and others by providing information about risk. ISO analyzes all relevant data on a fire department’s ability to suppress a fire and assigns a PPC score ranging from 1-10, with 1 representing an exemplary fire suppression program and 10 indicating the department’s fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria.The benefit of this lower ISO score to the community will be that of overall improvements made in fire suppression should they ever need the service, as well as lower homeowner insurance premiums as many insurers factor-in the ISO score to determine a homeowner’s insurance premium. The thinking behind using ISO ratings is that the better equipped a community is to fight fires, the less likely homes and businesses in the area will sustain major fire damage. Fire Department staff, along with staff from the Department of Public Works, worked countless hours toward improving critical areas in the delivery of fire suppression. Efforts included updating/upgrading areas of the fire hydrant system, reviewing and implementing policy changes, enhancing firefighter training, and increasing staffing levels.At the end of 2018, the department was successful in securing a FEMA SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program) Grant, in the amount of $1.3 million to be used toward the hiring of six new firefighters. The department is currently in the process of filling the last of these new positions that will be grant funded for the first three years. Budget projections are expected to absorb these new firefighter positions during the fourth year and beyond. “I am very proud of the fire department and the work they’ve put into this effort to reduce our ISO score, including numerous attempts at securing grant funding when available to enhance our fire suppression services,” said Public Safety Director Joshua Meier. “Our goal is to maintain continuous improvement toward providing the very best fire and EMS service to the Canton community,” he adds.