Volunteer firefighters lead upgrade of Monroe’s fire protection rating

MONROE, CT — An independent assessment of the Stepney, Monroe and Stevenson volunteer fire companies, the town’s emergency dispatch center, Aquarion Water Co.’s fire hydrant and water supply system, and Fire Marshal William “Bill” Davin’s risk reduction programs all resulted in a better fire protection rating for the town.

Monroe’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) was upgraded from a rating of 5 to 4 on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the highest rating.

According to Insurance Services Office Inc.’s latest report, only 16 percent of the over 38,000 communities across the country that were surveyed by ISO had a better rating than the town of Monroe.

“That’s outstanding news,” First Selectman Terry Rooney said. “Anytime any department of the town of Monroe receives an accreditation of achievement, it’s a reflection of their dedication and commitment to our town.”

The first selectman said the higher rating is further proof of how the town’s volunteers go above and beyond to serve their community better.

“Congratulations to our fire service, a job well done,” Rooney said. “Our community is so fortunate to be protected by all of you.”

Insurance Services Office Inc. is the leading supplier of data and analytics for the U.S. property/casualty industry.

Property insurers put a lot of weight into ISO’s PPC ratings when determining premiums, so fire officials said they are pleased to deliver these strong results to Monroe’s property owners.

“We’re very proud of this accomplishment and improvement, which followed a detailed survey and site visits by ISO assessing our fire trucks, equipment, related maintenance and testing records, staffing levels and training records, among other considerations,” said Monroe Fire Chief Kevin Catalano.

“Relative to Monroe’s most recent ISO survey in 2017, our scores improved in each of the four major areas that ISO evaluates, and that reflects our continuous improvement mindset,” he added.

Catalano acknowledged the time and effort fire officials put into preparing for and facilitating ISO’s latest survey, including Stepney Fire Chief David Lewis Jr. and Captain Mike Dunn and Stevenson Fire Chief John Howe and Assistant Chief Jeff Giordano.

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