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Paso Robles receives 'C' rating for public fire protection capabilities

Posted at 12:06 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 20:35:20-04

The City of Paso Robles received a 'C' grade for its fire protection capabilities, according to a recent evaluation conducted by the Insurance Services Office.

ISO is an independent organization that provides insurance companies with casualty insurance risk assessments.

According to its summary report, the City of Paso Robles Fire Department received a score of 75.55 out of 105.50, which is equivalent to a 'C' rating.

The ISO looked at three elements of fire protection capabilities including the fire department, water supply and emergency communications.

The rating broke down as follows:

• 32.88/50 for Fire Department – Due mostly to a shortage of personnel, gaps in coverage areas, lack of existing engine and ladder-service companies, and no training facility.

• 33.72/40 for Water Supply – Due to the ability of the water distribution system to deliver needed fire flows and number of hydrants available.

• 4.51/5.5 for Community Risk Reduction – Due mostly to inadequate staffing for fire prevention activities.

• 8.15/10 for Emergency Communications – Due to lack of software in dispatch and fire engines.

ISO says a lack of staffing is a critical factor ever since its first evaluation in 1998. Officials with ISO believe investing resources into the fire department could increase safety, shorten response times and possibly enable insurance companies to reduce premiums.

To express comments or concerns, email Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jonathan Stornetta at