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Is your community prepared for an ISO survey?

Seth Vaughn / Mike Morash

Friday, June 14, 2024 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

In this presentation, we will provide an overview of current trends we are seeing in the ISO survey process.  The main objective will be to clarify often misunderstood verbiage or data needs, by providing detailed explanations.  The goal is to prepare communities for their next ISO survey, and answer questions about the process. You will learn about ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, the system which ISO uses to review the firefighting capabilities of nearly 48,000 fire protection areas across the United States. Focus will be on the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), the manual used for collecting and processing data for those evaluations. Topics of fire suppression, emergency communications, water supply and code enforcement will be covered. 

This session will be very beneficial in assisting chief officer’s abilities to develop detailed operational plans that incorporate the resources available to and gain credit that will improve your community’s overall ISO score and Public Protection Class. These achievements will create community cost savings and is beneficial in winning support from residents, businesses, community leaders and other stakeholders.

Seth Vaughn

Seth is a Sr. Field Representative in the Community Hazard Mitigation Services division of the Insurance Services Office.  Seth began his career with ISO in 2001.  Prior to joining ISO he served both as a volunteer and career firefighter, and is currently a volunteer firefighter and NREMT with Pelham Batesville FD in Greenville and Spartanburg Co. SC.  Seth has had the opportunity to serve on multiple special projects and assignments with ISO including working with the alternative water team and mentoring team. These teams have been vital in developing ISO standards across the country and training and mentoring other field representatives across the country for employee development as well as consistency of the PPC grading process.


Michael Morash

Mike began his career in 2003 in the South Florida area as a Field Representative. In he was promoted to SR. Field Representative. In 2014 Mike was promoted to Manager, which includes PPC and the CRS Flood Program. Mike is a committee member of the PPC Technical Team, Alternative Water, Class 1 Review and the PPC Mentor Teams within ISO.  Mike has conducted presentations across the country for local and state partners and has presented at Fire Rescue international and FDIC. Prior coming to ISO, Mike served in law enforcement in NY and FL.