MIDWEST CITY — Firefighters and city officials gathered this week to celebrate the Midwest City's Fire Department's rating for outstanding public protection.
For the second time, the city was awarded a Class 1 public protection classification from the Insurance Services Office, a national third-party agency.
The ISO evaluates cities across the nation for their fire departments, water departments and communications systems or emergency response departments.
Scores range from a 1, being the highest, to 10, the lowest given. Midwest City's fire department is one of 57 that achieved an ISO Class 1 rating out of 48,000 departments rated nationwide. It is the only fire department in the state with the rating.
The department first received the rating in 2005.
“This is one of our city's brightest features,” said Bonnie Cheatwood, Chamber of Commerce executive director. “This ranking brings businesses and residents here and makes us all feel safer too.”
Cheatwood said the Class I rating lowers insurance rates for businesses and residents, thus spurring economic growth.