Statesboro Fire explains changes to fire rating

Statesboro Fire explains changes to fire rating

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - If you live in certain areas just outside of Statesboro, you may have seen your home insurance premiums go up even as the city earned a better fire rating.

It wasn’t that long ago that Statesboro Fire announced they’d secured a better ISO rating for the city and their territory right outside. They hope their meeting Monday night can explain why some homeowners have seen their insurance premiums go up.

ISO evaluates communities and their fire service and gives the data to insurance companies. While Statesboro Fire made improvements to upgrade their rating to a 2, ISO became more stringent in some criteria. It doesn’t affect people inside the city limits, but does impact many who live in the five mile radius of the city. It looks at how close a home or subdivision sits from a fire station or water source.

“When you strip away everything else, that’s where the problem is,” said Chief Tim Grams, Statesboro Fire.

He says they’re working with the city, Bulloch County, and some subdivisions and private water companies for solutions to help drop the rating. The chief says they’ll explain more in their public meeting.

That meeting Monday starts at 6 p.m. at the fire station on Fair Road.

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