Class 1 Rating

Huntington Beach Fire Department Receives Class 1 Rating
The City of Huntington Beach Fire Department was recently surveyed by the Insurance Services offices (ISO) to determine its Public Protection Classification (PPC) and in May 2024 was awarded a Class 1 rating, an exemplary fire suppression rating. 

ISO is the leading supplier of statistical, underwriting, and actuarial information to the property/casualty insurance industry and is used by most insurers to calculate the premiums for residential, commercial and industrial subscribers. The organization conducts a field survey and scores a department across four keys areas using the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).  These areas include:

  • Emergency Communication Systems
  • Department personnel, capabilities, training and equipment
  • Water supply
  • Community Risk Reduction
Using this rating scale, ISO assigns a Public Protection Classification – a number from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents exemplary fire protection in the community and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire suppression programs do not meet minimum recognition criteria. ISO evaluates a community approximately once every 10 years or when major department changes occur.

Of 38,000 ISO-rated fire departments in the United States, only 503 are rated Class 1.  California has only 44 Class 1 rated fire departments.  

HBFD Rating History
1933 Class 7
1939 Class 6
1952 Class 5
1970 Class 3
1980 Class 2
2004 Class 1
2011 Class 2
2014 Class 1
2019 Class 1
2024 Class 1