WICHITA, Kan. - The Insurance Services Office reevaluated Wichita's fire protection rating and is ranking the city as one of the safest in the country.
Wichita was previously ranked as a 3, but is being classified as a 1 after the latest evaluation. The Public Protection Classification scale runs from 1 to 10, with a 1 being the highest rank a city can receive. Only 315 cities across the U.S., and six in Kansas, have been classified as a 1.
The new rating goes into effect July 1, and it could save you some money, since the ratings are used to come up with some insurance rates.
“The new rating is welcome news,” Wichita Fire Department Chief Tammy Snow said on
Thursday during Mayor Jeff Longwell’s weekly news conference. “The department has worked very hard to maintain the rigorous standards required by the ISO. I want to thank our
community partners, including Sedgwick County 911, Sedgwick County Fire District #1, and
City of Wichita Public Works & Utilities for their assistance.”