People living within five miles of the Forsyth fire station on Kimball Street might see their fire insurance rates drop this summer.
Insurance Services Office Inc., or ISO, will upgrade the department from Class 5 to Class 2, effective June 1.
Only 26 other fire departments in the state have received a Class 2 rating, according to a news release from the Forsyth-Monroe Chamber of Commerce.
The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department is one of only a half-dozen Class 1 departments in Georgia.
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Forsyth Fire Chief David Herndon credited the jump in the rating to the hard work of his firefighters and the support of the local government.
“When I became chief in 2011, we adopted the motto ‘Making a difference once life at a time,’” Herndon stated in the release.
ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program rates departments on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 indicating a department does not meet the minimum criteria.
The company analyzes data, such as response times, that determine the community’s ability to suppress fires through a nationwide standard.
Most U.S. insurance companies rely on PPC information when underwriting policies and determining premiums.
The Forsyth Fire Department employs 10 full-time and a dozen part-time employees, according to its website.
In addition to fighting fires, the staff promotes fire safety, conducts inspections and fire investigations,
Firefighters are also trained in hazardous material response and emergency medical response.