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City works to reduce ISO ratings
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 21, 2014 | 1363 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gray Fire Department had a visit from a consultant with the Georgia Forest Commission last week to work on improving the city’s ISO rating, which directly impacts the amount homeowners pay in insurance premiums.

Don Freyer is considered an expert in the field of fire protection, although he prefers the title of consultant. He is a former state director of Georgia Forestry and has 40 years of experience dealing with ISO ratings.

The Insurance Service Office is the leading supplier of data for the insurance industry. That information, which focuses on fire protection, is one of the determining factors used by insurance companies in calculating a property owner’s insurance premium.

All things being equal, a lower ISO rating should mean lower insurance premiums for homeowners. The highest rating is a 10, which virtually means no fire protection.

Gray currently has an ISO rating of five, but Fire Chief Max Wood would like to see that number lower. He met Freyer at a recent fire chief conference and invited him to come to Gray.

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