Atascocita Fire Department earns coveted Class 1 ranking for fire mitigation efforts

From left: Joel Duke, property protection class officer from the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office, AFD Chief Mike Mulligan and Tom Truver, board President of the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 46. (Courtesy Atascocita Fire Department)
From left: Joel Duke, property protection class officer from the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office, AFD Chief Mike Mulligan and Tom Truver, board President of the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 46. (Courtesy Atascocita Fire Department)

From left: Joel Duke, property protection class officer from the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office, AFD Chief Mike Mulligan and Tom Truver, board President of the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 46. (Courtesy Atascocita Fire Department)

The Atascocita Fire Department earned a coveted safety ranking that could make property insurance premiums lower for residents in the Atascocita area once it becomes effective June 1.

The Atascocita Fire Department provides fire safety awareness, fire protection and prevention as well as emergency medical services to more than 80,000 residents in the Atascocita area.


The department was ranked as Class 1 in the Insurance Services Office's Public Protection Classification, meaning the department provides "superior property fire protection," according to the ISO website. The ISO, an insurance claims and analysis company, evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the U.S. Only 1% of fire departments earn the Class 1 ranking, according to a May 10 news release from AFD.

AFD Public Information Officer Jerry Dilliard said via email the certification means insurance companies will incorporate the classification into underwriting and pricing analysis for residential and commercial insurance premiums. The rating could attract more businesses to the Atascocita area, he said.

"All else being equal, it's quite reasonable for residential and commercial property owners in Atascocita to anticipate the cost of their property insurance to go down in the near future," he said.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.



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