Monday, Dec 9, 2013
Improved Fire Rating Saves Money for Williamson County Residents
WILLIAMSON CO. -- A new and improved safety rating at the Williamson County Fire protection district is about to pay off. A better rating means county residents won't have to pay as much money for property insurance.
"They will see that lower risk for fire loss and that will then be reflected on their insurance premium," says county Fire Chief Jeremy Norris. "We have added a station since then. There is more equipment. We actually went to more hazards. We now do extrication when we didn't do that. It's just thirteen years of progress that we have made."
More than a decade ago, the county was given a safety rating of seven out of 10.
"The lower the number the lower the amount of risk for major fire damage," Norris explains.
Insurance agencies have taken notice and lowered the rating to a class six.
The new rates will begin on October this year. Rates are dependent on the value of the property, but a $200,000 home could see a savings between seven and ten percent.
"It just shows further progress," says Norris. "We are using the taxpayer money at the best of our ability to provide them a good service."
Norris says he's most proud about improving the fire service, despite his department having one of the biggest coverage areas in southern Illinois.
"We are 265 square miles worth of coverage area," he says. "If you compare that to other fire departments, they might have lower rates, but they cover such smaller areas."
Anyone in the county fire department's coverage area is eligible for a reduction in their property insurance premiums. Check with your insurance provider next month to see how the discount affects your insurance.
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