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Cheaper insurance rates for some in Stone County

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Perkinston Volunteer Fire Department has lowered its fire rating from a ten to an eight, and that's good news for homeowners.

"I'm hoping that the people will be encouraged to see what Perk has done and support their fire departments," District 3 Supervisor Lance Pearson said.

A lower fire rating means about a 35 percent reduction in insurance rates for people within five miles of the Perkinston fire station.  For someone paying about $2,000 a year, that's about $700 in savings.

The Perkinston campus of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will see savings. It's right down the road from the station.  The lower rating also means good news for the neighboring McHenry Fire District, which already has an eight fire rating.

"Bringing on the Perk Fire Department with a class eight rating is beneficial because we have the extra support of another fire department and more support from the community," McHenry Assistant Fire Chief Ben Bennight said.

State Fire Marshal Mike Cheney credits county supervisors, the state's fire coordinator and the fire department.  Supervisors said the goal is to bring lower ratings and savings to all five county districts.

Supervisor Pearson said residents should be contacting their insurance companies about lowering their rates.  They should receive a letter in the mail in the next few weeks noting the rate change.

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