ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule Resources

Published on February 12, 2014

NFPA is providing a resource page to assist those individual and fire departments reviewing or going through the rating process of the new ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). On this page you will find links to the current editions of NFPA Standards referenced by the FSRS along with other resources for Section 1000 Community Risk Reduction portion of the schedule.

NFPA Standards

The links below will bring you to the Document Information page for each standard. The Document Information pages provide useful information about each standard and its development.

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NFPA 1, Fire Code

NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes

NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies

NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®

NFPA 291, Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants

NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents

NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications

NFPA 1002, Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications

NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications

NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner

NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator

NFPA 1035, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer, and Juvenile Firesetter Intervention

NFPA 1061, Professional Qualifications for Public Safety Telecommunications Personnel

NFPA 1142, Standard on Water Supplies for Suburban and Rural Fire Fighting

NFPA 1201, Standard for Providing Emergency Services to the Public

NFPA 1221, Standard for the Installation, Maintenance, and Use of Emergency Services Communications Systems

NFPA 1401, Recommended Practice for Fire Service Training Reports and Records

NFPA 1402, Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers

NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions

NFPA 1410, Standard on Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations

NFPA 1451, Standard for a Fire and Emergency Services Vehicle Operations Training Program

NFPA 1452, Guide for Training Fire Service Personnel to Conduct Dwelling Fire Safety Surveys

NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program

NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer

NFPA 1561, Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System and Command Safety

NFPA 1620, Standard for Pre-Incident Planning

NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments

NFPA 1720, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments

NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus

NFPA 1911, Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire Apparatus

NFPA 1962, Standard for the Care, Use, Inspection, Service Testing, and Replacement of Fire Hose, Couplings, Nozzles, and Fire Hose Appliances

NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services

Community Risk Reduction Resources

The new Fire Suppression Rating Schedule from ISO offers up to 5.5 additional points for community risk reduction activities. ISO will look for evidence of fire prevention and education programs – and NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA recognition program is one activity that can be considered for credit.  This voluntary program is designed for communities at risk from wildfire to organize and take action to reduce potential losses to homes and businesses.

See for the criteria for your community to become recognized. Not sure if your community participates? Check the online map or the list by state to find out.


Safety Tip Sheets

NFPA offers free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. The Tip Sheets can be used as handouts reinforcing important safety information. Topics covered include smoke alarms, escape planning, cooking, heating, smoking, electrical, public assembly, scalds campus and more. Easy-to-read handouts and safety tips sheets are also available in other languages. 

Community Tool Kits

Implement a targeted fire safety education campaign in the community. NFPA has created seven kits focusing on home fire escape planning, smoke alarms, home fire sprinklers, electrical, cooking, heating and disasters. Each kit includes everything you need such as press releases, op eds, stats, tip sheets, public service announcements and more. 

Education Programs

Learn Not to Burn® Preschool Program
The acclaimed Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program teaches children ages 4 and 5 important fire safety messages. Five lesson plans, home link activities and music are available to help educators teach preschoolers. Children will learn to recognize the sound of the smoke alarm, stay away from hot things, a fire fighter is your friend and more.

Learn Not to Burn® – Level 1/Grade One

Learn Not to Burn Level 1 is designed to be used with grade 1 students. It presents six fire safety messages using classroom lessons, activities and home connections. It can be taught as a stand-alone fire safety unit or easily integrated in language arts core curriculum lessons. The fire department can be invited to the classroom throughout the program to support the fire safety messages taught. 

Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

Remembering When is centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention - developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states. The program was designed to be implemented by a coalition comprising the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others. Coalition members can decide how to best approach the local senior population: through group presentations, during home visits, and/or as part of a smoke alarm installation and fall intervention program.

Teaching Strategies

Fire and Life Safety Educators are invited to speak at a variety of venues. Careful planning can make the difference between an excellent visit and a mediocre one. While some folks are intimidated by longer sessions, it is the shorter ones that can be the most difficult. A 10 minute mini-lesson is challenging because you need to hook the audience, help them learn new information, and wrap-up in a concise manner.

Home Fire Inspections

The majority of fire deaths happen in the home. Residents of your community can benefit from a home fire safety inspection program. Home inspections provide an opportunity to inspect for fire safety issues in the home, provide measures to improve the safety of residents and increase fire safety and awareness outreach. NFPA‘s home fire inspection survey for fire departments can be used to support NFPA 1452, Guide for Training Fire Service Personnel to Conduct Dwelling Fire Safety Surveys. NFPA has created a survey (English and Spanish) form to use when inspecting a home.

This website provides fire safety education materials to use with preschool through grade 5. A Sparky the Fire Dog® app and eBook use real-life stories and interactive games to help kids can learn important fire-safety messages. The mobile app, for grades PreK-2, is packed with animation and games, while the eBook, for grades 3-5, mixes fire-safety messages with fascinating stories of courage, quick-witted kids, scientific facts, and more. Interactive lesson plans are also available. Music and movement videos teach kids fire safety through great beats and original moves. The videos also have Common Core aligned lesson plans for PreK- grade 1 and grades 2-3.

Public Fire Education Planning for Urban Communities: A Five-Step Planning Process

Urban fire departments can use this guide to plan for public fire and life safety education programs in their cities. The guide is an adaptation of the U.S. Fire Administration’s Public Fire Education Planning: A Five-Step Process. This guide presents a systematized five-step process for identifying fire and injury risks in urban communities, developing partnerships, setting priorities for programs and initiatives according to need, developing and implementing programs, and evaluating the results. Planning done in this manner ensures that the program’s strategies and initiatives really address the problems at hand. 

Other NFPA Standards

A new standard on Deployment and Organization of Fire Prevention Activities is in development.  For more information go to NFPA 1730.