JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Fire Department recently upgraded from ISO class 3 to class 1.
Mayor Herald Perrin received a letter from the Insurance Services Office's National Processing Center in Mount Laurel, New Jersey notifying him of the upgrade.
"This will be extravagant for the city," Perrin said. "I'm so proud of all the hard work."
The city's ratings have been a class 3 rank for 20 years.
Fire Chief Kevin Miller said it has taken 10 years worth of effort to upgrade fire protection in the city.
"It's kind of a validation of all the work and effort we've done and it's showing that it's paying off and that we are trying to improve our services," Miller said. "It shows we are making a commitment to provide better quality service to the community and the citizens of Jonesboro."
Of 48,000 fire districts evaluated by the ISO, only 132 communities are class 1 ranked.
Miller said home owners may not see a reduction in their home owner's policy premiums, but it will help industrial and commercial businesses.
"When you get to that level of class one, two and three most of reductions are going to apply more for commercial businesses, which is still good for the community," Miller said. "It would be cheaper to operate here and establish your business here and it lowers your operating cost than it does if you had a business somewhere else in another city."
He added that the ratings go into effect immediately, but renewal will vary within each insurance company.
Miller said the next step is work towards maintaining class 1 ranking and continue to provide quality protection to citizens.
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