Culver City Fire Department: Ranks Best in the Nation (Plus Halloween Safety Tips!)

(Photo Courtesy of Culver City Fire Department)

Who doesn’t love a firefighter? Well, in Culver City there’s even more of a reason to make this statement true–more than just their ability to look great in their fire gear, awesome-ly slide down poles, and save lives at a moment’s notice–Culver City Firefighters are truly the best in our nation.

For 23 years straight the Culver City Fire Department (CCFD) has earned the Class 1 honor from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), an organization that is the “leading source of information about property and casualty insurance risk.”

“Class 1 is the highest rating that can be given to fire departments throughout the country. For CCFD to maintain this excellent standard for over two decades is just incredible,” said Culver City Mayor Thomas Small. “Our community is truly lucky to have such capable and brave men and women on our public safety teams.”

ISO ranks the CCFD in the top 1% out of 43,000 agencies reviewed. The good news for Culver City residents and local business owners is, as a result, we benefit from the lowest possible fire insurance rates available.

Next time you see our dashing firefighters doing their local fund drive while holding out their boots at the intersection of Jefferson and Overland–take a moment to drop them a dollar (or two).

In the spirit of CCFD safety, below are some Halloween Tips provided by our friendly-neighborhood firefighters!


Republished from Culver City Fire Department

As you prepare for Halloween, the Culver City Fire Department wants you to keep a few safety tips in mind to ensure a fun time for all.

CostumesCCFD Safe Happy Sweet Halloween

  • Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or flame retardant material.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Masks can obstruct vision—consider using make-up instead.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
  • Provide children with glow sticks or flashlights to help them to see, and to be seen by drivers.


  • Young children should always be with an adult.
  • Trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Remind children to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again before crossing. Walk; do not run across the street.
  • Only approach houses that have a porch light on or outside lights on.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. If in doubt, throw it out.


  • Keep decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns.
  • If you are welcoming trick-or-treaters, make sure there is a clear path to your door and your porch light is on.


  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

The Culver City Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and fun Halloween!

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