The Hamburg Fire Department underwent an ISO audit in December, the results of which could save property owners some money in coming years.

The Insurance Services Office audit looks at local fire services from a risk mitigation point of view, ranking departments on a scale of 1 to 10. The lower the number, the better the rating with the 1 representing “superior property fire protection” and the 10 showing that an area doesn’t have what the ISO considers to be minimum fire suppression infrastructure.

In addition to departments having bragging rights at having a good fire suppression rating, property insurance schedules are generally cheaper for property owners in areas with good ISO ratings.