The Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company (GEVFC) was notified by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) that its Public Protection Classification improved from 4 to 3 on June 1, 2009. ISO evaluates and rates fire departments and assigns grades on a scale of 1-10, with 1 representing the highest ISO rating.
Nationwide, out of 47,639 fire protection departments and districts, only 5 percent have achieved a rating of 3 or better. The rating of 3 received by the GEVFC is comparable to, or better than, most surrounding DuPage communities, including those with a fully paid staff. The GEVFC is made up of volunteer firefighters who must undergo rigorous and ongoing training.
The Village is only slightly more than 3 percentage points from attaining a rating of 2. If/when the Village attains a rating of 2, it will place us in the top 1 percent of all fire departments nationwide. There are only 3 Class 1 departments and approximately a dozen Class 2 departments in the State of Illinois (1,250 statewide departments).
For more information, please contact the Volunteer Fire Company at 630-469-5265 or visit www.glenellynfire.com.