The Rootstown Fire Department is proud to be listed with a 3/4 Fire Protection Classification rating per the Insurance Services Organization (ISO). This is a split rating and is assigned by ISO on a 1 to 10 scale. This rating can factor heavily into a home owner's fire insurance premium. ISO evaluates every fire department in the country once every 5 years. Our last evaluation was in 2015. Prior to 2015 Rootstown was classified as 4/9.
This evaluation process includes a thorough review of the capabilities of the fire department in regards to Dispatching, Response Policies, Water Supply, Equipment, Pre Planning, Staffing, and Training.
Class 3: Homes and businesses within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant have a class 3 rating. Per ISO this ranks in the top 9% of the country.
Class 4: Homes and businesses not within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant have a class 4 rating. This rating improved from 9 to 4 and could reflect significant savings on insurance premiums for home owners in these areas. Owners are advised to consult their insurance agent to verify that their premiums reflects the improved fire protection class rating.
Apparatus responding to fire oriented calls include a Pumper, a 3000 gallon Pumper/Tanker and a 75' Aerial Ladder. Each apparatus has the necessary equipment to respond as a first due engine to initiate fire attack. Each apparatus also is set up with differing specialized equipment which maximizes our department's capabilities. These differing capabilities of each unit require us to respond them in a manner that is pre-determined depending on how dispatch receives the call.