In 2019, the City of Kennewick and the Kennewick Fire Department participated in a WSRB Protection Class analysis. Following the evaluation, the City of Kennewick and the Kennewick Fire Department were upgraded from a Protection Class Rating of 4 to a Protection Class Rating of 3. To view the WSRB Protection Classification Report for Kennewick, follow the link below:
Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) is an independent agency that cities in the State of Washington and their by departments by risk level. WSRB uses a risk level between 1 and 10 (1 indicates exemplary fire protection capabilities and 10 indicates insufficient capabilities. Many insurance companies use the WSRB risk level classification (Protection Class) to assess insurance premium rates for homeowners and commercial properties.
A community's Protection Class designation is determined by WSRB's assessment of the fire department's ability to suppress fires. The Protection Class evaluation consists of a process that analyzes four criteria areas within a city that consist of the following:
Fire Department: Distribution of fire stations, staffing levels, equipment and personnel training
Water Supply: Water flow capacity, fire hydrant location, and maintenance
Emergency Communications System: Dispatching system, staffing, and training
Fire Safety Control: Fire code and building code enforcement, fire investigations, and public fire education programs
For more information on WSRB, follow the link below: