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07/02/2012 07 Washington State Ratings Bureau; Re-Rating of Yakima Report -CMM. - fl BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No. For Meeting of: July 2, 2012 ITEM TITLE: Report from Chief Willson regarding the Washington State Ratings Bureau Re- Rating the City of Yakima SUBMITTED BY: Chief Willson CONTACT Dave Willson, 575 -6060 PERSON /TELEPHONE: SUMMARY EXPLANATION: Resolution Ordinance Other (specify) Contract: Mail to: Contract Term: Amount: Expiration Date: Insurance Required? No Funding Source: Phone: APPROVED FOR City Manager SUBMITTAL: e STAFF RECOMMENDATION: BOARD /COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: ATTACHMENTS: Click to download ❑ WSRB Re- Rating the City of Yakima W 4 1ministration e Suppression ■re Investigation 11 I �y & Education 401 North Front Street, Yakima, WA 98901 (509) 575 -6060 Training Communications A./RE Fax (509) 576 -6356 WS - www.yakimafire.com June 25, 2012 TO: Honorable Mayor, Members of City Council Michael Morales, Interim City Manager FROM: Dave Willson, Fire Chief a SUBJECT* WSRB Re- Rating Update On June 1 I received notification from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) informing me that the process of re- rating the City of Yakima had begun. The WSRB is a non - profit organization that performs fire insurance rating services throughout the State. Washington State does not use the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) as a rating system, they use WSRB. The WSRB tries to rate each city every 10 years. Due to a heavy workload and reduced staffing, the WSRB has not done a full re -rate of Yakima in over 16 years. A survey is performed that evaluates fire department delivery capabilities, fire protection water systems, fire code inspection practices, and emergency communication delivery systems. Once the evaluation is completed, a number representing our level of service is assigned. The numbering system established by the WSRB is used by most insurance companies to help set insurance cost guidelines. I anticipate the pre -visit questionnaires being completed and returned to WSRB by July 1 at which time, the WSRB will schedule on -site visits to complete the information gathering process. This survey should answer many of the questions Council has had concerning the establishment of service levels as well as give us target areas for improvement.