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New Hope Fire Department Improves Fire Insurance Ratings for Homeowners in New Hope’s District

Mike Tapp, Chief of the New Hope Fire Department announced significant improvements in the Orange New Hope Fire District fire insurance ratings.  The new ratings should reduce the cost of fire insurance for property owners who live in the New Hope Fire District within 5 road miles of New Hope Station #1 at 4012 Whitfield Road or Station #2 at 4700 Hwy NC 86 South. 

Department of Insurance Announcement

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that New Hope completed its routine inspection and received a 6/9E rating for the fire district.  A class 6 is one of the best ratings a rural fire department can receive.  For home owner’s insurance, the rating will be effective Thursday, November 1, 2012

The inspection, conducted by officials with the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System.  Among other things, the routine inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient firefighting equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, 9-1-1 communications capabilities and availability of water sources. 

Chief Tapp commented on the preparation for the evaluation.  “Documenting and collecting required records took over a year to compile.  New Hope firefighters worked and trained many additional hours to prepare for the evaluation,” Chief Tapp said.  “The results of that hard work should be reflected in a reduction of fire insurance costs to most homeowners in the district,” Chief Tapp added. 

The rating system ranges from Class 1 as the best to Class 10.  Many rural fire departments are rated in the 9S category.  A better rating suggests that a fire department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in the district.  Better ratings can also significantly lower homeowner’s insurance rates. 

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

The rating was based on the department’s ability to adequately respond to and fight structure fires.  In addition, New Hope Fire Department responds to woods fires, vehicle fires and wrecks, and provides search & rescue and medical first responder services. 

For additional information, call New Hope Station 1 at 919-493-1001.