Chattanooga Fire Department achieves top fire protection rating [photos]

Mayor Andy Berke speaks to the media as Fire Chief Phil Hyman and other personal listen. During a press conference, on October 26, 2017, at Fire Station 1, on East Main Street, the Chattanooga Fire Department announced that it has been upgraded from a Class 2 to a Class 1 public Protection Classification. October 26, 2017.

Chattanooga residents and local businesses alike could see reduced property insurance premiums next year after the fire department's attainment of the Insurance Services Office's top rating for public protection.

Fire departments across America are rated for their ability to respond to and suppress structure fires, and Chattanooga is now the first of Tennessee's four largest cities to earn a top rating. It is only the fourth city in Tennessee to achieve that rating.

"Our fire department protects life and property every day in Chattanooga and has gone above and beyond in attaining this classification," Mayor Andy Berke said at a news conference Thursday morning.