North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey has announced that the City of Statesville Fire Department completed their routine inspection and received an ISO Class 2 rating effective May 1, 2018. Fire Chief Spencer Lee stated that this is a remarkable improvement from the ISO Class 4 rating that the department has held for the last 10 years.
The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). Among other things, the routine inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of a water source.
The NCRRS rating system ranges from one (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a certified fire department by the state), with most rural departments falling into the 9S category. While lower ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a higher rating does suggest that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district. Higher ratings can also significantly lower property insurance rates for businesses and homeowners in that fire district.
This ranks Statesville Fire Department among 1,393 fire departments in the United States or 21 fire departments in North Carolina with an ISO Class 2 rating. “Couple this improved rating with the department’s status as one of 239 internationally accredited agencies through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the citizens can truly recognize the unique, well-trained and professional fire department they have,” said Chief Lee. “This reduced rating demonstrates our department’s dedication to the safety and protection of our community’s quality of life.”
“I’d like to congratulate Chief Lee for the department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members,” said Commissioner Causey. “The citizens in the City of Statesville should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency.”
State law requires OSFM officials to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or less, which makes up all but six of the state’s fire districts.
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