Volunteer Fire Departments/ Fire Underwriters Survey Classes

Justice and Protective Services


NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships


WHEREAS the Fire Underwriters Survey has a system for classifying local government fire protection services for the insurance industry to determine fire protection coverage risks and the premiums;


AND WHEREAS small community volunteer fire departments are coming under pressure to meet ever-increasing regulatory standards and criteria with respect to the delivery of structural fire protection services including the Fire Underwriters Survey classification system;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA encourage the Fire Underwriters Survey to review its classification system with a goal to introduce new classes that recognize those small community volunteer fire departments that may not meet current minimum Fire Underwriters Survey classification criteria but still provide a meaningful benefit to the communities they serve and the insurance industry.


Additional Information

UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting the Fire Underwriters Survey to review its classification system specifically to introduce new classes for small community volunteer fire departments.


UBCM is aware, however, that members have consistently endorsed resolutions seeking flexibility from the Fire Underwriters Survey in setting requirements and guidelines, to accommodate the particular challenges faced by fire services in small and rural communities (2011-B2, 2009-B5, 1999-B6, 1995-B72, 1994-B19).