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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, Washington state, 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: PC 10, 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 protection classes, 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

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