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COLUMBIA - The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, or IAED, will present Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications with a plaque recognizing them as an Emergency Fire Center of Excellence Thursday afternoon.

Boone County Joint Communications is the 26th center to receive this recognition worldwide.

The accreditation is recognized by the Insurance Standards Organizations. The ISO rates the performance of emergency services on a scale from one to 10 and then uses that rating to determine insurance costs for that area. With the accreditation, insurance costs for Boone County residents may go down.

In order to receive accreditation, the fire dispatch had to meet the IAED's 20 points of accreditation. Those points include meeting a minimum number of calls per year, meeting minimum performance levels for at least 3 months before the application is submitted, and using the standard academy protocols correctly.

For a complete list of accreditation points, visit IAED's website.