The Bryant Fire Department was awarded a Class 1 Rating by the Insurance Service Office (ISO)*. This change, will be effective March 1, 2018. It is an improvement from the current Class 2 rating and places the Bryant Fire Department in the top .25 of 1% of Fire Departments in the United States.
“This is an exciting announcement and a huge day for the citizens of Bryant” stated Mayor Jill Dabbs “ The improved rating translates into commercial and residential insurance premium savings and serves to attract new development and businesses to our city. This is a direct reflection of the level of professionalism, skill and dedication that our Bryant Fire Department shows on a daily basis toward serving our community”.
“The credit must go to the ‘boots on the ground’ hard work, outstanding leadership, and commitment that our Bryant Fire Fighters display on a daily basis” commented Bryant Fire Chief J.P. Jordan. “These guys are constantly looking for ways to improve the services we deliver to the citizens we serve. This enhanced rating not only speaks highly of our Bryant Fire Department, but also of how impressive our 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch and Water Department and systems are as well.” he continued.
The working partnership that these departments have developed over the past five years continue to add security and improve quality of life to our city. This significant accomplishment will require ongoing commitment to maintain this rating. The City of Bryant remains committed to keeping this level of fire protection as the continued growth of our city develops.
On behalf of the entire department, we thank you for the opportunity to serve you. If we can be of further assistance please contact us.
J.P. Jordan, Fire Chief
*ISO, through its Public Protection Classification Program (PPC), issues ratings to fire departments throughout the country based on the effectiveness of their fire protections services. The ISO rating is a numerical grading system and is one of the primary elements used by the insurance industry to develop premium rates for residential and commercial businesses. It analyzes data using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) and then assigns a Public Protection Classification from 1 (the best) to 10. The FSRS considers three main areas of the community’s fire suppression capabilities; the Fire Department, Emergency communications (911 call center), and water supply. The FSRS also includes in its assessment, a community risk reduction section. Involved in this assessment is the strength of the Fire Department in fire prevention, public fire safety education, and fire investigation. There are several key elements that are considered when evaluating a Fire Department. Among these are response capabilities, which includes adequate staffing of fire service personnel, fire station distribution (location and coverage), appropriate apparatus and equipment, training, water supplies, organizational structure, communications, building/fire prevention codes and the effectiveness of these codes.
Bryant Fire Department Home to Annual First Responders Luncheon
Bryant Fire Chief J.P. Jordan was proud to have the community in the “bay” for Thursday’s 2nd Annual First Responders Appreciation Luncheon. Responding to an average of 3,200 calls per year, Chief Jordan says his 49 employees are humbled by this event. “Bryant has always supported its First Responders- fire, police, and EMT’s.” We have a special place in the community’s hearts and this is a way for them to formally express it. We could not be more appreciative.”
In the last 12 years, Bryant has grown tremendously. In 2007, Bryant moved to 24 hour fire service, but the growth didn’t stop there. In 2012, Bryant went from a 3 to a 2 in PPC ratings and now in 2018, it has been upgraded to a 1. This is important for homeowner’s and the housing market as these ratings have a positive impact on insurance rates.
Chief Jordan explained, “Out of nearly 50,000 communities, 0.025% are rated a 1. PPC ratings are based 40% on fire departments, everything from equipment, to stations and response time. The other percentages are 40% water distribution and 20% dispatch.”
Now, with new stations, the Chief says that retention & recruitment will be an added bonus to the department.
“Our response time in North Bryant will decrease with the addition to Springhill Fire Station/Station 3 Fire Department being further north. Both stations are located close to the schools, which will increase our response time to emergency situations on campus. We will also have a presence near the airport with the new Hill Farm location. I believe this is a boost in morale.”
It’s safe to safe that Chief Jordan and his crew are making a positive impact in Bryant.