(Photo by Bruce Garner of the Chattanooga Fire Dept.)
On Thursday, the Chattanooga Fire Department (CFD) announced it has been upgraded from a Class 2 to a Class 1 Public Protection Classification.
The Class 1 rating is the highest rating given by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which rates the ability of fire departments across the country to respond to and suppress structure fires.
Our fire department protects life and property every day in Chattanooga and has gone above and beyond in attaining this classification, said Mayor Andy Berke. Congratulations to Fire Chief Phil Hyman and his team for working so diligently to reach this level. It reflects the excellence of the department and the organizations that supported them in this goal.
Chattanooga joins three other cities in Tennessee to achieve the Class 1 designation, and is the first of the four largest cities in the state to earn that distinction. This process started with my predecessor, Fire Chief Chris Adams, said Fire Chief Phil Hyman, who was officially confirmed as chief by the city council on October 10, 2017. "Weve had a team of officers working on this for a couple of years, and their efforts have definitely paid off!