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New Hanover Co. receives improved fire district ratings

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– New Hanover County has received official notification from the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshal of an improvement in the fire district’s response rating. The Southern New Hanover County Fire District received a 4 rating, while the Northern Fire District received a 4/9E rating. Previously rated in 2005 the new rating demonstrates the Board of County Commissioners and the County’s Fire Rescue Department’s commitment to providing exemplary fire protection to the citizens of New Hanover County.

The North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS) ranges from one (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a certified fire department by the state), with most rural departments falling into the 9S category. While lower ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a higher rating does suggest that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district. Higher ratings can also significantly lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district.

“I’d like to congratulate Chief Hall for his department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members,” said Commissioner Goodwin. “The citizens in the New Hanover County fire districts should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency.”

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