Jackson County's Northwest VFD earns lower fire ratings

Jackson County's Northwest VFD earns lower fire ratings

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Business and homeowners in two Jackson County communities are about to see better fire insurance rates. The Mississippi State Rating Bureau has lowered the fire insurance classification for both Latimer and St. Martin.

Officials say the two fire grading districts within Jackson County's Northwest Volunteer Fire Department have seen a significant drop. The Latimer District dropped from class 8 to 7 and St. Martin District dropped from class 7 to 6. These lower ratings mean better fire insurance rates.

Depending on the insurance company, homeowners and businesses can see anywhere from a two to ten percent decrease in rates.

"This shows the great strides and efforts made by the County on behalf of its citizens to better serve them in the area of fire protection," Jackson County's Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge said. "However, residents do need to contact their insurance companies to ensure they receive their rate change."

Jeremy Bell, the district's chief, said it was dedicated teamwork, training and hard work that brought on the lower ratings. The district currently has 10 paid staff members and 40 volunteers.

Residents can contact the State Rating Bureau to find out if they live in one of these districts.

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