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.Read More
Most of the time, ZIP codes improve accuracy. When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delivers mail, ZIP codes increase efficiency. When you use a retailer’s website to find local stores, ZIP codes quickly give you useful results. When you use one of our products, an accurate street address-ZIP code pairing will ensure you’re getting data on the right property.Read More
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
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 five road miles of a recognized responding fire station.
Any dwelling property more than five 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.
However, this system didn’t reasonably reflect the response capabilities of the fire district to which a homeowner was paying taxes. Homeowners often had difficulty getting insurance, and fire chiefs found the process frustrating.Read More
Most fires begin small enough to be easily put out with a fire extinguisher. That makes fire extinguishers your first line of defense, and it makes proper maintenance crucial to the safety of your home and business.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