North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey has announced a rating improvement for the Bostian Heights Fire District.
Currently classified in Class No.5, businesses and residences in the neighborhood will have a fire protection rating No.3 from May.
The rating system ranges from # 1 (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a state certified fire service), with most rural departments falling into the 9S category. While lower scores don’t necessarily indicate poor service, a higher score suggests that a department is overall better equipped to respond to a fire in its district. Higher ratings can also dramatically lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district.
“I want to congratulate Chief Zimmerman for the performance of the department and for the hard work of everyone in the department,” Causey said. “City citizens in these neighborhoods should have peace of mind knowing that a good group of firefighters are protecting them and their property in the event of an emergency. “
State law requires officials of the State Fire Marshal’s Office to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or less, which represents all but 12 of the state’s fire districts.