Oakland Rated Class 1
The Oakland, Calif., Pire Department has received a class 1 rating after an Insurance Services Office’s survey completed this year. The city received a class 2 rating.
Oakland has a population of 361,561 and a land area of 53 square miles plus 25 square miles of water. The Oakland Fire Department has a uniformed force of 622 men, 27 stations housing 27 engine companies, eight truck companies, a 100-foot fireboat, plus various other special apparatus. The city is divided into two divisions and six battalions.
According to the UFIRS reports the department responded to over 22,000 incidents in 1973-74 and is charged with the protection of property in the city assessed at over a billion dollars.
Fire Chief Stephen L. Menietti has stated that insurance sources have indicated that the results of this classification will be a reduction of 7 to 10 percent in fire insurance rates for most of the commercial, industrial, and residential property owners in the city.