The Elgin Fire Department is an Insurance Service Office (ISO) Class II Fire Department. Out of more than 45,000 fire departments in the United States, less than 1,600 have achieved an ISO rating of Class II or better. This means the Elgin Fire Department ranks in the top 3.5% of all fire departments nationwide. An ISO rating of 2 means that taxpayers in Elgin pay less than 96.5% of the country to ensure their homes and businesses. This rating is based on the amount of training the Elgin Fire Department members conduct annually as well as command and control practices, water supply and availability, equipment capability, and response times among other criteria.