Providing our Subscribers with the best possible information and data to evaluate risk is our mission. We are constantly searching for new sources of information and, as technology and the world change, we must adapt and evolve to ensure you have the appropriate data. As we evaluated our Public Protection and Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) Classification Manual, we noted that revisions were needed to accommodate the advances in fire protection methodologies and services.Read More
If you are a WSRB Subscriber, you probably use Protection or PropertyEDGE™, our two programs for finding Protection Class (PC) information and other data in Washington state and beyond.
Although our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department is constantly updating these map-based systems, you still may occasionally come across a property that doesn’t show up. Over the years, our Customer Service team has developed some tricks of the trade that we’d love to share to make your job easier:Read More
The Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) is revising some Protection Classes in Washington State to more accurately classify fire protection capabilities that reduce fire loss.Read More
Coming next week!
They do it on Biggest Loser…they do it on America’s Next Top Model…it’s finally time for WSRB PROTECTION! What could we possibly be talking about?
We’re proud to announce that our PROTECTION program is getting a makeover! You, our customers, have given us great feedback on what you’d like to see from WSRB, with the look and feel of PROTECTION being near the top of the list! The makeover will allow PROTECTION to work the same way it always has, by providing you with valuable Protection Class, fire station, and hydrant location information while featuring a more compact, updated look. Less scrolling!Read More
Prior to 2010, for a dwelling property to avoid receiving a Protection Class (PC) 10, it had to meet certain criteria:
- It had to be within the boundaries of a fire district or city AND
- It had to be within 5 road miles of a recognized responding fire station
Any dwelling property more than 5 road miles from a recognized responding station, but in the boundaries of a district, would receive a PC 10, meaning it was treated as though there were no fire protection at that address. But this didn’t reasonably reflect the response capabilities of the fire district to which a homeowner was paying taxes. This not only made it more difficult for homeowners to receive insurance but was also a source of frustration to the fire chiefs.Read More
At WSRB, we pride ourselves on our customer service. Any time you have a question or concern, you can call us and speak to an actual person, not an automated system.Read More
Most fires begin small enough to be easily put out with a fire extinguisher. Extinguishers are your first line of defense. This is why it is so important to make sure your fire extinguishers are regularly inspected and maintained, in your home and business.
Before we get into inspections and maintenance, here are a few things to check:Read More
Public fire protection is a concept almost as old as civilization itself. After a catastrophic fire in 64 A.D., Emperor Nero ordered Rome to be rebuilt using passive fire protection methods. The Middle Ages saw the first fire safety laws and building codes, and by the 1950s, fire protection emerged as its own profession.Read More
BCEGS (Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule) offer a valuable glimpse of a community’s protection capability. BCEGS rates are based on the building codes that a community has adopted and the enforcement of those codes. They particularly emphasize codes associated with natural disaster preparedness.Read More
WSRB’s new product PropertyEDGE™ gives insurance professionals the EDGE by using GIS technology to provide you with the information you need to get the job done efficiently and accurately, in Washington and nationwide.
PropertyEDGE is a one-stop resource for a broad range of information on an exact location. You no longer have to spend time gathering information from all corners of the web for every risk you write.
PropertyEDGE gives you:Read More