WOODSTOCK, GA (May 23, 2024) – The City of Woodstock is proud to announce that the Woodstock Fire Department has successfully maintained its ISO Class 1 rating, a prestigious designation that reflects the highest level of fire protection services.

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluates fire departments across the nation, rating them on a scale from 1 to 10, with Class 1 representing superior property fire protection. This rating is based on a comprehensive review of fire department capabilities, including staffing levels, automatic aide agreements, equipment quality, training, E911, emergency response times, water supply, and community risk reduction efforts.

Shane Dobson, City of Woodstock Fire Department Chief | Photo Courtesy of Stacy Brown, City of Woodstock Marketing and Communications Manager

Shane Dobson, Fire Chief

“We are incredibly proud to have maintained our ISO Class 1 rating,” said Fire Chief Shane Dobson. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team. It reflects our commitment to providing the highest level of fire protection and safety services to the residents of Woodstock.”

The Class 1 rating not only recognizes the excellence of the Woodstock Fire Department but also benefits the community by potentially lowering insurance premiums for homeowners and businesses. This achievement underscores the department’s readiness and capability to respond effectively to emergencies, as well as emphasizes the excellent partnership with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services. All of this helps to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens.

“Our goal has always been to ensure the safety and security of our community,” continued Chief Dobson. “Maintaining this top-tier rating demonstrates our ongoing commitment to excellence and continuous improvement in all aspects of our service.”

“Successfully maintaining an ISO Class 1 rating places the Woodstock Fire Department in the top 1.5% of departments nationwide. Congratulations to Chief Shane Dobson and the entire department on this outstanding work!” said Mayor Michael Caldwell.

The Woodstock Fire Department remains dedicated to enhancing its services and capabilities, investing in advanced training, state-of-the-art equipment, and community outreach programs. The department appreciates the support of the city administration, local businesses, and residents, all of whom contribute to the continued success and excellence of the fire protection services in Woodstock.

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About City of Woodstock

Located just 30 miles north of Atlanta, Woodstock’s City limits include more than 12 square miles and over 35,000 residents. Woodstock is a Georgia PlanFirst Community and a recipient of Georgia Municipal Association’s Live Work Play City Award.

About the City of Woodstock Fire Department

The City of Woodstock Fire Department is committed to providing exceptional fire protection and emergency response services. With two fire stations and a team of 54 dedicated firefighters, the department responds to approximately 7,000 calls for service each year. Through continuous training, community engagement, and state-of-the-art equipment, the Woodstock Fire Department strives to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.


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