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Protection Class Updates

Posted by Robert Ferrell on February 19, 2019

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.

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Topics: BCEGS, PropertyEDGE™, Protection, Protection class, fire protection classes, Subscriber Services

Handy Tips for Using Protection and PropertyEDGE™

Posted by WSRB on November 20, 2014

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:

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, property rating, PropertyEDGE™, Protection class, rating bureau, GIS Mapping, Subscriber Services, Home Fire Protection

Additions to Protection Class 9 Criteria Coming Soon

Posted by WSRB on September 30, 2014

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.

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, property rating, Protection class, rating bureau, Subscriber Services

WSRB PROTECTION: It’s Makeover Week

Posted by WSRB on December 6, 2013

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!

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, Protection class, rating bureau, insurance

Public Protection Class Grading 9A vs. 10

Posted by WSRB on October 22, 2013


Prior to 2010, for a dwelling property to avoid receiving a Protection Class (PC) 10, it had to meet certain criteria:

  1. It had to be within the boundaries of a fire district or city AND
  2. 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.

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, loss cost, PC 10, Protection class, fire hydrants, insurance, Home Fire Protection

WSRB Subscriber Services - Customer Service

Posted by WSRB on July 3, 2013

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.

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Topics: loss cost, property rating, Protection class, GIS Mapping, Subscriber Services

Fire Extinguisher Inspection and Maintenance — What to Do and When to Do It

Posted by WSRB on June 24, 2013

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:

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Topics: Protection class, Field inspections, GIS Mapping, Home Fire Protection

So What is Public Protection?

Posted by Robert Ferrell on June 12, 2013

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.

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Topics: BCEGS, Insurance underwriting, Protection class, GIS Mapping, insurance, Subscriber Services

WSRB Subscriber Services - BCEGS

Posted by WSRB on May 29, 2013

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.

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Topics: BCEGS, Insurance underwriting, Property and Casualty Loss Control, Protection class, GIS Mapping, insurance, Subscriber Services, Home Fire Protection

Introducing PropertyEDGE!

Posted by WSRB on March 4, 2013

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:

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Topics: Insurance underwriting, loss cost, PropertyEDGE™, Protection class, rating bureau, insurance