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Posted on: August 5, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington Fire Department has good news for the community, property owners

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Farmington, NM – The Farmington Fire Department today announced their public protection classification, established by the Insurance Services Office, changed from 3 to 2. This is great news for the community! The ISO rating is a report card for fire services that determines how well a local fire department can protect its community and homes. It correlates risk for insurance companies providing coverage to homes and businesses in a particular zip code and affects property insurance rates.

Several key areas are evaluated for an ISO rating:

  • Quality of fire department - Staffing, training and proximity of firehouse
  • Water supply – Availability and prevalence of fire hydrants
  • Quality of an area’s dispatch center
  • Community outreach – fire prevention and safety courses

The ISO rating is measured on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the best rating. The FFD is one of 1,597 departments in the nation with a 2 rating.

Farmington Fire Chief David Burke explained the decreased rating was a team effort beginning with former Fire Chief Terry Page, “This is something that started with my predecessor and is a result of the entire department’s work.”

A lower ISO rating also helps department’s secure federal and state fire funding.


Mayor Duckett recently interviewed Chief Burke on the ISO rating for a segment of The Mayor’s Table. That episode can be viewed at

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