We are proud to announce that the Village of Hillside has been notified by the Insurance Services Office(ISO), that Hillside has received a Public Protection Classification of 1. This new rating will be effective March 1, 2017. This is the highest fire suppression rating that can be approved.
There are 2257 rated Fire Departments or Fire Protection Districts in the State of Illinois, and of that total, only 9 are rated a 1. This is an extremely prestigious and coveted rating to receive, and Hillside, by population, is the smallest of those 9.
The factors that go into the rating include needed fire flows of water for fire suppression, water supply operations, hydrants, emergency dispatch communications, as well as Fire Department staffing, training, and equipment.
As you can see, achieving this classification required all of our Departments…Fire, Public Works, Police, and Administration, to work together. It also shows the foresight of your Village Board to provide those Departments with the required resources and support to bring it all together.