The City of Bessemer’s businesses and residents stand to save on insurance costs as a result of a new Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification for the city.
The City of Bessemer Fire Department is pleased to report that their Public Protection Classification (PPC) will be reclassified from a Class 4 to a Class 1.
For over 30 years, the City of Bessemer’s PPC classification has held steady at Class 4. After many years of improvements in the Fire Department, Water Department and the Public Safety Dispatch Center, the Insurance Services Office re-evaluated the City of Bessemer’s services and determined that they have improved sufficiently to earn the PPC Classification of “1”. The ISO ranking scale is based on a 1 – 10 ranking with a Class 1 designation representing an exemplary fire suppression program and the highest recognition a department can receive.
ISO currently rates over 48,000 fire departments within the United States and of those only 179 are ISO Class 1 cities. ISO currently rates over 1,550 fire departments within Alabama and of those, only four have an ISO “1” classification. The City of Bessemer will be the first city in Jefferson County to receive an ISO “1” classification.
According to the Insurance Service Office, ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers – including the largest ones – use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or prices for personal or commercial property insurance.”
This Class 1 designation not only compliments the Bessemer Fire Department for its preparedness to provide safety and security, it also saves Bessemer’s citizens and businesses money. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC.
The new Public Protection Classification will go into effect August 1st, 2016.
The city of Bessemer will join with representatives from the EPA, USDA, ARC and other federal agencies in a two-day workshop as part of the Local Foods, Local Places Initiative.
The public is invited to attend a Community Meeting on May 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bessemer Civic Center to meet with city, state and federal officials to discuss the initiative.
In 2015, the City of Bessemer was awarded a technical assistance grant from the federal Local Foods, Local Places Initiative.
A team of experts will join local stakeholders in a two-day workshop to develop an action plan to better tie together the resources we have, identify the major missing pieces, and bridge gaps.
Anyone in the community interested in making Bessemer more livable, healthy, vibrant and engaged through the building and strengthening of the city's local food economy is invited to attend.
The discussion will center on re-engerizing a farmers market in the city, developing an education program to get youth interested in farming, assessing the feasibility of reusing a former public housing development site and other vacant lots for urban farming and linking local food network assets to downtown revitalization goals.
The City of Bessemer is seeking highly motivated youth between the ages of 14 to 18 to support local businesses, organizations, and governmental offices for summer employment.
Responsibilities vary according to assigned locations upon hire. Students must completely adhere to the application requirements as a part of the selection process. A base compensation of $7.25 per hour for 25 hours per week is allotted for each individual hired. Summer employment extends for six weeks beginning June 6, 2016. A holiday break is included for July 4 – 5, 2016.
Interested persons may pick up an application from Bessemer City High School, Bessemer City Middle School, or Bessemer City Hall. All applications must be returned to the previously mentioned locations on May 1, 2016 by 4:30 p.m. in order to be considered. Telephone calls will notbe accepted concerning employment. Applicants will be notified about their selection for hire by approved personnel.
The city of Bessemer Fire Department has begun annual hydrant inspections in the city. The hydrant inspection program is designed to test all fire hydrants within the city of Bessemer and determine whether or not they are operating efficiently and effectively.
Hydrant inspections will begin on April 1 and last until April 29. Hydrants will be inspected Mondays thru Fridays.
Residents can expect to see a fire engine and crew of firefighters identifying fire hydrants on their street and inspecting for proper operation, pressures, damage or cleanliness.
Residents may experience a fluctuation in water pressure or cloudy or discolored water during the inspection period. If this occurs, residents and businesses are advised to run their cold water tap at the lowest point of their house for several minutes, or until the water becomes clearer. If residents have any questions or concerns in regard to the hydrant inspection program, please contact Battalion Chief Michael Brannon at 205-428-2421, ext. 104.