According to ISO, the Fire Protection Class rating, or Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, assesses the readiness of local fire departments. ISO performs this functions for businesses interested in protecting their properties. Data is also collected and analyzed for insurance purposes.
The rating schedule examines several aspects of a fire department and assigns points based on its capabilities. ISO investigates the communication system used by a department, considering its size, facilities and effectiveness. The fire department itself is studied, including the training required, response times and care of equipment. In addition, the rating takes into account any community activities that affect fire prevention, such as fire safety education programs and fire investigation procedures.