Shelbyville Receives an ISO Class 2 Rating

In 2014, the City of Shelbyville was examined using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), a company that reviews and sets ratings for communities and facilities based on risks and in their case, the communities’ ability to protect its citizens from fire.  Shelbyville received a Class 2 rating which puts them in a very small and elite group nationwide.  In a 2014 report, ISO rated nearly 50,000 municipalities nationwide; only 750 cities (or 1.5 percent) were rated as a Class 2 municipality.  The majority of cities are rated between a Class 4 and Class 7.  Shelbyville is one of fifteen Class 2 communities in Kentucky.  This puts them in a league with communities/departments such as Louisville Metro, Lexington Metro, Erlanger, Covington, Hebron, Florence. . .   All of these fire departments are much larger and have correspondingly larger budgets and rosters of full time staff than Shelbyville.  One of the biggest benefits of this rating is in recruitment of industrial and retail establishments as this is a factor that shows their communities’ investment in protection of its citizens and properties and its affect to bottom lines by potentially lowering property insurance costs for those facilities.