Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal, was in Johnston County Tuesday afternoon to announce improved fire insurance ratings for two fire departments, the Micro Volunteer Fire Department and the Cleveland Fire Department.
The Micro Volunteer Fire Department improved three points, from a Class 5 to a Class 2. The Cleveland Fire Department improved two points, from a Class 4 to a Class 2. The ratings apply to homeowners’ and business insurance in the district within five road miles of a fire station.
Fire departments are inspected by the Office of State Fire Marshal. As a result of the inspections, they receive a rating from a Class 9 to a Class 1, with a Class 1 being the best.
A fire department’s rating affects homeowners’ and business insurance premiums in the fire district and helps signal how prepared firefighters are at responding to calls and battling blazes in their fire district.
The new ratings mean Micro and Cleveland departments are two of only 59 fire departments statewide to attain the Class 2 rating.