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Finalizing a Protection Class Evaluation

Posted by Robert Ferrell on January 14, 2020

The WSRB Public Protection team is very familiar with the Protection Class (PC) evaluation process, but we know most fire officials, insurance professionals and Washington state residents don’t have time to think about every detail of it. 

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Topics: Protection Class, fire departments, public protection

Inside a WSRB Visit to a Fire Department

Posted by Daryl Girnus on November 20, 2019

Every WSRB Protection Class (PC) evaluation includes an in-person visit from one of our fire protection analysts. We’ll be making more than 100 visits next year, so we want to give you an inside look at one of them. 

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Topics: Protection Class, fire departments, public protection

How WSRB Determines the Protection Class for Each Property

Posted by Robert Ferrell on October 29, 2019

WSRB answers many questions about Protection Classes (PCs) for properties in Washington state. Over the years, we’ve found that some people are surprised to learn that not every property has the same Protection Class as the community it’s in.   

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Topics: Protection, Protection Class, fire hydrants, fire departments, public protection

Preparing for a Protection Class Evaluation

Posted by Robert Ferrell on October 15, 2019

Every year, the WSRB Public Protection team evaluates communities across Washington state to determine their Protection Class (PC). In 2020, we’ll be evaluating more than 130.

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Topics: Protection Class, fire departments, public protection

The High Cost of Firefighting Equipment

Posted by Eric Cunningham on October 8, 2019

Every community needs a well-equipped fire department to protect residents’ homes and lives as well as local businesses. But have you ever stopped to wonder how much all the necessary equipment costs? The short answer: more than you probably expect. The more complete answer: there are many reasons for these high costs, so let’s explore them.   

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Topics: fire departments, public protection

If Fire Strikes, Make Every Second Count: Part 3

Posted by Daryl Girnus on July 9, 2019

It’s easy to overlook fire hydrants — until a fire starts. Then hydrants become crucial. Without them, firefighters are less effective at saving your home or business.  Although firefighters carry water on their trucks, it may not be enough to put out a large fire.

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Topics: home safety, disaster preparedness, fire hydrants, fire departments, home fire protection

If Fire Strikes, Make Every Second Count: Part 2

Posted by Daryl Girnus on June 18, 2019

No one wants to contemplate what it would be like to have their home catch on fire, but if yours does, you’ll want firefighters to extinguish the flames as quickly as possible. Fortunately, you can help firefighters respond swiftly. In fact, one of the biggest factors affecting firefighters’ speed in putting out a home fire is what you do long before a fire sparks. Taking a little time now could make a huge difference later, reducing property damage and possibly saving lives.  

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Topics: home safety, disaster preparedness, fire departments, home fire protection

If Fire Strikes, Make Every Second Count: Part 1

Posted by Daryl Girnus on June 4, 2019

When a fire ignites, putting it out is all about speed. The faster you or a firefighter douse the flames with water or an extinguisher, the better. If anything slows down the response, the fire burns longer, causes more damage and poses a greater threat to human life.  

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Topics: disaster preparedness, fire departments

WSRB: Celebrating Another Year of Service and Innovation

Posted by Bryan Stanwood on May 14, 2019

Today, WSRB offers insurance companies instantaneous access to data, both on our website and integrated directly into policy administration systems. We’ve come a long way since our founding in 1911, decades before the technology we now take for granted was invented.  

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Topics: insurance underwriting, property rating, fire departments, public protection

Busting Myths about Wildfire Risk in Western Washington

Posted by Robert Ferrell on April 16, 2019

We usually think of Western Washington as wet or at least damp, putting it at low risk for wildfires. But a reputation for rainy weather is not, unfortunately, protection against wildfires. 

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Topics: home safety, wildfire, forest fires, fire departments, home fire protection