The city of Washington was notified this week that it has maintained its stellar Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating.

The ISO issues ratings to fire departments throughout the country for the effectiveness of their fire protection services and equipment to protect their community.

This rating is critical to every community because it is one of the primary elements used by the insurance industry to determine insurance rates at businesses and homes. If a city has a poor ISO rating, the residents in that city pay more for insurance.

Fortunately, that is not the case in Washington.

A recent evaluation of the city’s fire suppression capabilities, equipment, water systems operations, manpower and emergency communications yielded another favorable rating.

In fact, the Washington community’s current ISO rating places it in the top five communities in the state of Missouri.

This superior ISO rating is a testament to the Washington Volunteer Fire Company’s hard work, dedication and professionalism. We have a first-class fire department and our ISO rating proves it.

The positive rating is something that city leaders tout when they recruit new businesses and industries to this area. It is something we are thankful for when we write our insurance premium checks.

We are proud of the Washington Volunteer Fire Company. You should be too.