Fire Department - Class 1 Rating

The Department

The Key West Fire Department is a full-service fire rescue dedicated to promoting and protecting the well-being of residents and guests of our vibrant island city.

The Mission

We strive every day to provide the best medical service, fire suppression response, and fire prevention enforcement we can, both on land and on the water, to enhance the quality of life and safety here in Key West, and we don't stop there.  Further services include responding to hazardous materials, educating the public about fire safety, disaster management, and beyond.

The Vision

The Key West Fire Department is dedicated to continuous yearly improvement through rigorous training and evaluation.  Our unwavering commitment has earned us the prestigious Class 1 rating, a distinction held by fewer than 300 Fire Department out of 47,000 fire departments across the United States.  Our goal is not only to uphold this exceptional rating but also to surpass the expectations it entails.

ISO Rating:

  • Key West Fire Department is rated “as Class 1”  
  • The ISO sets fire department standards that provide operational effectiveness benchmarks and a Public Protection Classification rating for more than 45,000 fire districts nationwide.  Less than 1% of the fire departments nationwide are rated as Class 1.

The Key West Fire Department is a CLASS 1 Fire Department.

What that means to you is lower insurance costs. 

  • The ISO (Insurance Services Office), a company, assesses and assigns ratings to fire departments based on their capabilities in combating fires within a community.  This rating serves as an indicator of the likelihood of a house catching fire.  Referred to as the "ISO fire score," homeowner's insurance companies utilize it.  The score takes into account several factors, such as the number of trucks and their equipment, minimum staffing requirements, communication systems including radios, dispatch and response times, training protocols, and the availability of water supply, hydrants, and adequate water pressure (55 lbs) from the Florida Keys Aqueduct.