City of Hopewell Improves their Public Protection Classification Rating

January 7, 2021


300 N. Main Street, Hopewell, Virginia 23860  (804) 541-2243  fax (804) 541-2412  email:


Thursday, January 7, 2021
Release No. 01-07-21-001
Media Contact:
Benjamin Ruppert, Emergency Management
(804) 541-2298


City of Hopewell Improves their Public Protection Classification Rating

Hopewell, Va., – The City of Hopewell is pleased to announce that International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently completed their Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey, which resulted in an improved rating for the City of Hopewell, to a 03/3X rating. This improvement in the City’s PPC rating should have a positive impact on insurance rates for both our residential and commercial constituents.

According to ISO “A community’s investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predictor of future fire losses. Statistical data on insurance losses bears out the relationship between excellent fire protection – as measured by the PPC program – and low fire losses. So, insurance companies use PPC information for marketing, underwriting, and to help establish fair premiums for homeowners and commercial fire insurance. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC grade is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC grade, assuming all other factors are equal.”

This improved rating puts the City of Hopewell in the top 14 percent across the Country of communities rated by ISO. The graph below shows where the City Ranks as a 3.

The PPC process is relatively straightforward. ISO collects and evaluates information from communities in the United States on their structure fire suppression capabilities. The data is analyzed using their Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) and then a Public Protection Classification (PPC) grade is assigned to the community. This process included many hours of data collection and collation on the part of the Fire Department and City officials in cooperation with ISO.

In response to this improved rating, Fire Chief Donny Hunter said: “Hopewell Fire Department is always striving to provide better service delivery to our citizens. Many of the improvements that we have made in the last several years in personnel, apparatus, and documentation of our processes, has resulted in this improved rating. We are committed to continue those improvements to better serve our citizens and improve our ISO rating. I would also like to thank everyone who assisted us in getting the information required to inform ISO’s decision.”

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