Fire safety measures such as hiring new personnel, adding additional public safety classes and buying new equipment such as its new fire engine, pictured, all served to increase Roseville’s level of safety in recent years.

Fire safety measures such as hiring new personnel, adding additional public safety classes and buying new equipment such as its new fire engine, pictured, all served to increase Roseville’s level of safety in recent years.

Photo provided by Mike Holland


Roseville increases safety, receives improved ISO rating

By: Brendan Losinski | Royal Oak Review | Published July 9, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — After an assessment by the Insurance Services Office, the city of Roseville’s rating by the organization has improved from a four to a two due to recent steps to make the city a safer place to live.

The ISO system ranks municipalities all over the country and is used in setting insurance rates within communities.

“ISO is a rating system that is used to rank a community’s ability to provide fire prevention and other safety measures,” explained City Manager Scott Adkins. “They look at what equipment you have, building codes, an effective 911 system, whether you have a part-time or full-time department, and water supplies, and they form a ranking. The lower the number, the better. We used to be a four, now we are a two.”

The ISO does periodic checks on all municipalities, although cities can request a reevaluation, as Roseville did, if they believe they have made improvements. ISO’s decision is seen as vindication for many measures taken in recent years by Roseville to improve public safety.

“Our 911 system through (the Southeast Regional Emergency Services Authority) was a big factor,” said Adkins. “Their addition of smart 911 systems, the ability to text 911 and well-trained operators who have to meet minimum standards are also reasons. We have increased training and staff in recent years, and making sure our equipment is new and up-to-date. … Our Building Department, through building code enforcement and fire safety code enforcement, also is a key. You need to be able to show you are enforcing these safety codes to ensure people are being kept safe at all times.”

The Roseville Fire Department oversees most of the key factors used in determining an ISO rating, and Fire Chief Mike Holland said the department has made many additions and improvements during previous years.

“A couple of the key things we’ve done was upgrade our emergency response equipment,” he said. “We got a new quint, which is an aerial apparatus, so we can spray 107 feet up in the air. We purchased a new fire pumper engine in 2018, and we purchased it via a grant. We increased the amount of gallons we can pump by about 500 gallons a minute. We also increased our staffing through the (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant, so we could bring on an additional three personnel, and we also brought on a new training officer and put in a new fire prevention officer so we could maximize our fire prevention program.”

Holland added that community outreach also has been a major focus of the department.

“Our fire prevention officer has been taking a very proactive stance in recent years,” he said. “This has allowed us to do a whole lot of new programs, such as child safety seat inspections, CPR and (automated external defibrillator) classes, as well as Stop the Bleed classes to teach people how to respond to blood-loss situations.”

Adkins said this will mean real and tangible improvements for Roseville residents.

“This puts us in the top 2% of all communities nationwide, and the top 1% in Michigan. This has a direct correlation to lower home insurance rates. Businesses also are affected too,” Adkins said. “We’re pleased these efforts are creating a positive effect for residents. This is a result of conscious efforts we’ve been taking to make this community safer. It will be another reason for residents or businesses to choose to come to Roseville versus other communities. When people look at the taxes they pay, they are not only getting services, but there are benefits like this that result from that investment.”

City administrators are pleased with the good news and hope the rest of the community feels reassured.

“Roseville has gotten even better than it was five years ago,” Holland said. “This rating shows we have taken proactive steps to make sure Roseville is a safer place to live.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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