Jeff-Craig’s fire rating lowered

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Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue has earned an Improved Public Protection Classification Rating.

After an extensive survey and analysis, The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) has issued Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue a lower rating. The old classification was a Class 5 in the areas with fire hydrants, and a Class 9 in the areas without fire hydrants.

Effective March 1st, 2017 the new rating is a Class 4/4Y. This change should save the taxpayers money on their fire insurance premiums.

“Jeff-Craig Fire is proud to be in this very special group of fire departments. Of the nearly 1,800 fire departments in Indiana around 150 fire departments have a Class 4 rating. This shows the dedication of our staff and the professionalism of all the personnel on the department” said Chief Chris See.

The new classification takes into account all of the aspects of providing fire protection to the residents and businesses residing in Jefferson and Craig Townships and the Town of Vevay. Activities such as fire prevention, inspections, water supply, equipment, training and personnel are all taken into account and judged against a national standard. The fire department has been working for the last three years on improvements to their approach to prevention, preparation and protection.

According to ISO, by classifying communities’ ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training. And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection.

According to Chief Chris See “Each business and residence should contact their insurance agency and advise them of the new rating. This should have a positive impact on your premiums and save you money. We would also like to thank Switzerland County 911 Dispatch, Vevay Utilities, and the Patriot Water Company for their assistance. Water supply and emergency dispatch were huge variables that have added to the success of our department’s new rating.”