Fallon/Churchill Fire Department Main Page
The First ISO Class 1 Fire Department

Fallon is located 60 miles south and east of Reno, Nevada on US 95. The department protects a population in the city of 7,500 and in Churchill County of 16,000 spread out over 250 of the 5,000 square miles of barren desert.

In August 1997 the department was awarded a Insurance Services Offices (ISO) Class 1 rating. The rating is the lowest ever given any fire department paid or volunteer. It is the smallest of the country's Class 1 fire departments.

The department has the 25th ISO Class 1 ever awarded out of @88,000 ratings.


1. St. Louis (pre 1964)

2. Baton Rough, Louisiana (5/1/79)

3. Santa Ana, California (1/1/84)

4. Stockton, California (1/1/84)

5. Macon/Bibb County, Georgia (6/1/84)

6. Hialeah, Florida (5/1/86)

7. Springfield, Illinois (9/1/88)

8. Anaheim, California (11/1/88)

9. Beverly Hills, California (5/1/89)

10. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (5/1/90)

11. Vernon, California (11/1/90)

12. Greensboro, North Carolina (2/1/92)

13. Coral Gables, Florida (11/1/92)

14. Glendale, California (11/1/92)

15. Oak Lawn, Illinois (3/1/93)

16. Arcadia, California (8/1/93)

17. Lisle-Woodridge FD, Illinois (12/1/93)


19. Hartford, Connecticut (7/1/94)

20. Culver City, California (2/1/95)

21. Skokie, Illinois (9/1/95)

22. Shreveport FD, Louisiana (9/5/95)

23. Torrance, California (5/1/96)

24. Hoboken, New Jersey (7/1/96)

25. FALLON, NEVADA (8/1/97) Volunteers

26. Arlington Heights, Illinois (8/1/97)

27. Syracuse, New York (1/1/98)

28. Pembroke Pines, Florida (2/1/98)

29. Charleston, South Carolina (6/1/98)

30. Dubois, Pennsylvania (10/1/98) Volunteers

31. Plano, Texas (10/1/98)

32. Cambridge, Massachusetts 7/01/99

33. Milford, Connecticut

34. New Haven

45 Frisco, Texas

35 District 6 (Baton Rouge) Louisiana

36. Bossier City, Louisiana

37. Wylie, Texas

38. Houston, Texas

39. Monroe,Louisiana

40. Tomball, Texas

The rural areas of Churchill County were awarded the first ISO Class 3 out of only two ever given to departments without a water system.


(without a water system)

1. FALLON, NEVADA Class 3 (8/1/97)Volunteers

2. Dolores, Colorado Class 3 (8/1/98)Volunteers

3. Tomball, Texas Class 3 (12/01/02) Volunteers

4. BEATTY, NEVADA Class 4(1/1/96) Volunteers

5. Apple Valley, California Class 4

6. Collegedale, Tennessee Class 4 Volunteers

7. Prospect Heights, IL Class 4

8. Loveland, Colorado Class 4

9. Clay Center, Kansas Class 4 Volunteers

10.Magnolia, Texas Class 4 (3/1/02)Volunteers

11.South Lynches, South Carolina Class 4 (Combination department)

12.Spring, Texas

13.Nueces ESD #1, Annaville, Texas

14.Crosby, Texas

15.Camden County, Georgia Class 4

Eight departments have Class 5ís, 7 have Class 6ís and 300 share Class 7ís and 8ís.

One third of the fire departments in the country without water systems have Class 9's. The department helped the newest Class 1 volunteer fire department and the other Class 3 department attain their ratings.

How many times have you heard that your ISO rating doesnít really make a difference in what people in the community pay?

Residential Rates

Yearly Premium and Percent Discount

Class.All State.Independent.Hawkeye.Metropolitan

10 $803 $652 $827 $766

.9 $625 $652 $827 $766

,8 $354 $520 $467 $766

.7 $354 $520 $467 $766

.6 $354 $401 $467 $766

.5 $354 $401 $467 $387

.4 $354 $401 $334 $370

.3 $293 $401 $334 $370

.2 $293 $401 $334 $370

.1 $293 $401 $334 $370

Totals.-63.6%..-38.5%.-60%..-49.8% .-$510.-$251.-$493.-$379

Based upon a $100,000 wood frame home that is 10 years old.

Commercial savings is as follows. Based upon a non-sprinkled frame floor covering risk with a value of $200,000 you can expect to pay the following.


8 thru 9..$2,440.0%..$0

5 thru 7.$1,680.31%..$760

1 thru 4.$1,260.25%.$420


To attain the rural rating the department had to demonstrate it could flow from 500 gpm to 4,000 gpm up to five miles from the nearest water source for three hours. One unique part of the rating is hydrant distance requirements do not apply. Normally, 1000 feet is the limit for rated properties from a hydrant. All others would be Class 9's. Now the only limit is hose bed capacity and other fire department supply means in the Class 1 areas to match the fire flows and demonstration of flow in the Class 3 areas by any means.

The department runs two matching compressed air foam pumper tankers and two pumper tanker aerials, three conventional engines, three 3500 gallon tankers, a dozen tenders, a tower ladder, a medium duty rescue, Haz Mat trailer, a dive van, and a rescue boat. The community runs a city and a county fire department. The county is staffed by approximately 40 volunteers firefighters and the city by 56 plus an officer staff that addresses calls in both jurisdictions. This system assures both enities are properly protected no matter how big the emergency. The department runs 400 fire and extrication calls a year. The department does not run EMS. Average response time for all calls is less than 6 minutes

The most common question asked is, "how did you get rigs like that?" It all started one afternoon when the old 1969 Pioneer LaFrance's motor ceased on a pump test. The officer's and a local resident got together and told the mayor that 50% of the city's fleet was out of service. Permission was granted to go to bid in 3 days for a new fleet. The same process was followed with the county manager. The new rigs were designed that night on a yellow pad by a local resident. Bids were sent out two days later. Two weeks later 31 bids were opened. The department did't buy the most expensive or the least expensive. They bought the rigs closest to the spec.


Need help with your next rating? Here is a 200 page how to book to get it handled. A couple of volunteer ISO Class 1's and a bunch of rural water supply Class 3's and 4's without a water system have been attained using it.






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