Columbus Fire and Rescue now boasts a Class 3 rating from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau, city officials announced in a press conference Wednesday at Regal Hall.
The new rating improves CFR from a Class 4 department and places it among the five highest-rated fire departments in the state. Most notably, the new rating could save city homeowners up to 20 percent on insurance premiums.
Artesia residents could see less expensive homeowners insurance, thanks to the town’s fire rating improving.
Oktibbeha County’s District 5 Volunteer Fire Department’s fire district received a Class 7 fire rating from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau Wednesday, and property owners in the area should see an immediate decrease in their insurance premiums.
Oktibbeha County Fire Services officials are working through a process that will improve Bell Schoolhouse Volunteer Fire Department’s coverage area to a Class 8 rating.
Columbus Fire and Rescue is now officially one of fewer than 200 fire departments nationwide and the first in Mississippi to receive Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, the department announced Tuesday.
Local business owners could see as much as a nine-percent drop in insurance premiums in Starkville thanks in part to the city’s fire department, which this year received the best fire protection rating it has ever had.