It is important that citizens know that achieving this highly sought after rating means we are all safer in our lives and property. It also means that insurance rates for our city, as well as its residents and businesses, are lower than they would be without this high rating. – Lt. Brian Brazier, Aiken Department of Public Safety

The Aiken Department of Public Safety has received word that they have retained their Class 2 ISO rating. ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. They analyze it before assigning a Public Protection Classification (PPC) number from 1 to 10, with 1 being the ultimate rating. Aiken was the first city in South Carolina to reach the highly desirable Class 2 rating in 1982 and has retained it ever since. Insurance companies across the country use a city’s PPC rating to set fire insurance rates on residential and businesses properties. Public Safety Lt. Brian Brazier put this rating into perspective, “It is important that citizens know that achieving this highly sought after rating means we are all safer in our lives and property. It also means that insurance rates for our city, as well as its residents and businesses, are lower than they would be without this high rating.”