The following article was posted on fortbendstar.com by Michael Sudhalter on October 31, 2014.
The City of Meadows Place welcomed Deputy State Fire Marshall Jesse Williams and Insurance Services Office (ISO) Manager Phillip Bradley to their October council meeting to award a rare distinction on the City of Meadows Place and their fire department.
The ISO utilizes a statewide classification system that ranks and scores cities based on their ability to service their community for fire suppression. The ranking system takes into account the fire alarm facilities, quality of equipment (maintenance as well as their capabilities), planned water distribution methods and effectiveness. Cities are broken down in to a Public Protection Classification (PPC), which provides tiers ranked 1 to 10, with 1 being the best. Larger cities are traditionally well financed and usually are rated between 3-4. Smaller, and more rural communities tend to have higher ranking results.
Meadows Place has been award the rare honor of a PPC top ranking of 1. To put that in context, the ISO grades over 48,000 cities / communities nationwide. Of that, 80 have received the ranking of 1 nationwide. Texas leads the nation with 23 of those communities, however in Fort Bend County, only Stafford joins the City of Meadows Place with the distinction of being ranked 1.
“It takes the entire leadership of a city to achieve this distinction. This award is truly a statement to the willingness of the city to prioritize their resident’s safety,” said Deputy Fire Chief Jesse Williams.
Having a top ranked Fire Department assists in peace of mind for residents, but the ranking can also have financial implications. Most homeowner insurance rates are influenced by the specific community’s claim experience. The PPC rating also influences the rate. A report by the Texas Department of Insurance noted “The premium on a brick veneer house is 39 percent higher in an area rated 10 (worst) than one rated 1 (best).” They went on to show that the range is even greater for frame houses.
Mayor Charles Jessup was awarded the honor on behalf of the city, “Earning an ISO Class 1 rating is a great accomplishment, and one to be proud of. I applaud the efforts of all involved, for this was no easy feat. It took drive, determination and the political will to achieve, but most of all, it took the desire to be the best.”