Centerville Homeowners May See Insurance Savings | News
If you live in Centerville, your next home owners' insurance bill should be lower than before. That's because the city fire station's public protection classification rating improved.
The Insurance Service Organization or ISO requires that each firefighter have their own personal protection equipment. They're also required to have training.
Sergeant David Dorman leads Centerville's team through a training session at an apartment complex in town.
"Two hundred feet will get you all the way to the other end of the apartment." explains Dorman.
"Training is a big part of ISO, and we continuously train we have to have so many training hours." says Chief Jason Jones.
It's been twenty years since Centerville's ISO rating was evaluated, and for the past few years, the department's worked hard to reduce it.
"Twenty years ago we were a volunteer department. Now we're a full time department with full time personnel on duty 24 hours a day," says Jones.
New equipment including a thermal camera, an ax and hoses helped reduce their rating. And then there's the big stuff.
"We have two fire engines, a rescue truck and a brush truck, and we have four personnel on duty everyday," says Jones.
Centerville was at a rating of five until August 1 when their new three rating went into effect. The lower the protection classification number the better.
The city also upgraded its fire hydrants. Jones says training is a big push. "We have to train everyday."
Sergeant Dorman says they'll continue training at local apartments until their training tower is finished.
Chief Jason Jones couldn't tell us how much you can expect your bill to drop because each insurance company is different, but he said everyone who owns a home in the city should see some kind of a savings.