MADISON, Wis. -

Madison has been named Wisconsin’s newest Class 1 fire protection community, according to a release.

The nation’s leading supplier of data and analytics for the property and casualty insurance industry, the Insurance Service Organization, ranked Madison among 204 municipalities, three of which are in Wisconsin, to carry the honor, officials said.

The new certification takes effect Thursday, according to the release.

The public’s ongoing investment in a progressive fire department, a robust and reliable water utility and a responsive and technologically-advanced emergency communications center is now paying off through lower property insurance rates, officials said.

According to the release, most insurers use the classification when underwriting and calculating rates, so property owners in Madison, the Village of Shorewood Hills and the town of Blooming Grove may be entitled to lower rates.

Officials said property owners can take advantage of the new classification by contacting their insurance agent and letting them know about the ranking.