After evaluation, the city of Washington’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, which helps set insurance rates at businesses and homes, has stayed the same.

During an ISO survey, the city’s fire suppression capabilities and features are reviewed and evaluated, including the city’s fire department, water system operations and maintenance and its emergency communications (E911) agency.

The Washington community achieved a community classification of a Class 3/8B, said Bill Halmich, fire chief.

The classification places Washington in the top 5 percent of communities in the state of Missouri based on 1,756 communities identified by ISO, Halmich explained.

“This outstanding classification is based on evaluating properties within five road miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant,” the ISO report stated.

The secondary classification of 8B (outside city limits) is calculated by evaluating properties beyond 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant but within five road miles of a fire station,” it said.

“Class 8B is a special classification that recognizes a superior level of fire protection in otherwise Class 9 areas,” Chief Halmich said.

Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy said the community does a “superior job in providing protection for its residents as well as non-residents.”

“The residents of our city and the nonresidents can feel a little more at ease knowing that an independent agency has evaluated our emergency services and we continue to provide high quality services within the realm of economic feasibility,” Lucy said.

ISO surveys are done approximately every 10 years.