ISO Rating

York Township residents enjoy an ISO rating of 4 and 4x. This is based on a scale of 1-10, and it's number represents the hard work by the volunteer departments that service York Township. We are working hard behind the scene to further drive down this number. To view the individual report please click the following link: York Township ISO report (PDF, 20mb). Below you will be able to read a little bit about ISO ratings and the items that they cover on the assessment.

ISO partners with municipal fire authorities, city managers, and other community officials to evaluate local fire-protection resources. With a staff of field representatives located strategically around the country, we have evaluated and continue to monitor more than 45,000 fire-protection areas in the United States. With the cooperation of local authorities, our representatives collect data on fire station locations, protection-area boundaries, emergency dispatch centers, fire department resources, and water-system capabilities. We currently have extensive information on more than 30,000 areas served by community water systems. ISO's ongoing dialogue with community fire and water authorities keeps community-infrastructure information current.

Public fire protection

ISO provides reliable, up-to-date information about a community's fire-protection services through the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program. ISO's PPC Service evaluates the capacity of the local fire department to respond to and fight structure fires. By evaluating a community's ability to suppress fires, ISO provides crucial information for understanding risk associated with a specific property. Fire and water officials benefit because they gain a road map for improvements in fire service and water supply. This map shows the PPC grades for communities in the 48 contiguous states. PPC grades run from Class 1 - which generally represents superior property fire protection - to Class 10 - which indicates that the area's fire-suppression program does not meet ISO's minimum criteria. A third of all fire districts are graded Class 9 - the lowest recognized protection - or Class 10. ISO statistics show that those communities have losses at least twice as high as their better-protected neighbors.


Data You Can Only Get by Going On-Site

ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection capabilities through on-site assessments. Data includes:

Fire Alarms and Communications Systems
  • Alarm dispatch circuits
  • Radio and telephone facilities
  • Alarm facilities
  • Equipment for power supply
  • Overall system operation

Fire Department
  • Fire station, apparatus and equipment
  • Pumper tests
  • Aerial ladder and elevating platform test
  • Drills and training
  • Department personnel
  • Firefighter response

Water Supply
  • Water pumping equipment
  • Needed fire flow
  • Hydrant flow tests
  • Hydrant condition
  • Identifying locations of:
    •     Supply and storage facilities
    •     Mains, pressure zones and valves
    •     Hydrants
    •     New streets