Carroll County Receives Improved Fire Protection Rating

Carroll County Fire Rescue receives notification from ISO (Insurance Services Office) that the county fire protection classification has been improved from a Class 4/5 to a Class 3. The new classification will become effective on September 1, 2016 and could potentially save property owners with a reduction in insurance premiums.
“This improvement is the result of the hard work and dedication of the men and women who serve Carroll County as firefighters,” said Carroll County Fire Chief Scott Blue.  He added, “This has truly been an effort between our department, E-911 and the county’s water delivery systems working together for a common cause.”  The ISO score is based on a score between 1 and 10 with 1 being the best and 10 being no fire protection. Ten percent of the score is based on how emergency calls are received and dispatched, forty percent is based on the available water supply to the jurisdiction, and fifty percent of the score is based on the fire departments ability to prevent and combat fires.
The lowering of the ISO rating could result in insurance costs declining in the unincorporated areas of the county as well as the cities of Bowdon, Mount Zion, Roopville, Temple, Villa Rica, and Whitesburg. The exact amount depends on the formula used by the individual insurance companies, but on average, homeowners should see a reduction for each point the ISO rating drops.
“We are extremely proud to receive a Class 3 rating from ISO,” said County Commission Chairman Marty Smith.  “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our firefighters, emergency communicators, and water authority staff, and it also demonstrates the importance the County Commission places on ensuring public safety. Protecting our citizens is the highest priority of Carroll County.”
Smith said, “We have a team of Commissioners and fire service personnel dedicated to making sure our County’s residents and their homes and businesses receive the best possible fire protection around the clock. ISO’s Class 3 designation is a clear recognition of the efforts and accomplishments of our personnel and our commission.”