The Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) recently evaluated the Snoqualmie Fire Department – one of 677 fire protection agencies – and rated it in the top 20% for fire protection and suppression capabilities. This year, the Snoqualmie Fire Department retained its overall Class 4 rating, which it has held since 2013. The department’s total deficiency-point-count decreased from last year in the areas of water supply, fire department, and emergency communications. Evaluation ratings range from 1 (exemplary fire protection capabilities) to 10 (insufficient for insurance credit).
Ratings Save Homeowners & Businesses Money
Ratings help insurance companies determine fire insurance premiums for properties within a city. Over several years, an improved classification can result in significant savings for businesses and homeowners through reduced fire insurance premiums. It is important to note, however, that public fire protection classification is not the only factor that affects rates.
Training and Certification
A factor in increasing Protection Class ratings is training of fire personnel. Snoqualmie’s firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) train regularly on fire suppression, emergency medical responses, and special hazards. Last year the department logged 4,889 hours of training, which averaged out to 158 hours per person. Training is conducted on duty by the career staff and during weekly training sessions for volunteers.
“Training is critical to serving the Snoqualmie residents, businesses, and tourists,” said Snoqualmie Fire Chief Mark Correira. “We place very high value on continued training of everyone in our department.”