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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, rating bureau, Washington State, fire departments, public protection

The Hidden Firefighting Crisis

Posted by Daryl Girnus on March 20, 2019

We all take for granted that, if a fire strikes, firefighters will respond to protect our homes and businesses from devastation. What many people don’t realize is just how many of those firefighters are volunteers.  

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Topics: fire departments, Home Fire Protection, FEMA, public protection

Implications of Population Fluctuation on a Community's Protection Class

Posted by Robert Ferrell on May 1, 2018

It doesn’t take a demographic scientist to see how much rapid population growth has impacted King County. Housing is more expensive than ever. Traffic congestion is now among the worst in the world. And, more people are moving into the state than leaving. While some think these are good problems to have, 50% of respondents in an Atlantic Media/Allstate Regional Renewal poll think the growth has had an overall negative impact on the region.

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Topics: GIS Mapping, public protection

Protection Class, GIS and Fun Facts (at least for GIS fans)

Posted by Robert Ferrell on April 24, 2018

As you know, WSRB provides Protection Class (PC) ratings for individual properties through our PROTECTION and PropertyEDGE applications. Just enter an address, and the apps quickly return a PC rating, along with its location on a map and other information such as fire hydrant availability and closest responding fire station.

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Topics: PropertyEDGE™, GIS Mapping, public protection