JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hard work is paying off for a Jackson County Volunteer Fire Department.
"This is something that this department and the previous department, Fort Bayou which was here before Northwest, the new department has been working on for a number of years," said Jackson County Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge.
What they've been working for at Jackson County's Northwest Volunteer Fire Department — a better department rating — has been accomplished.
"That's remarkable for a group of volunteers and a paid staff, but it shows what can be achieved when the county's willing to provide the resources necessary for the volunteers to be successful," said Jackson County Supervisor Troy Ross.
The Mississippi State Rating Bureau recently lowered the fire insurance classification for the two fire grading districts within Jackson County's Northwest Volunteer Fire Department. Latimer District dropped from class eight to class seven and St. Martin District dropped from class seven to class six.
It's the first time an unincorporated area in the state has achieved a rating as low as a six.
Homeowners served by the Northwest Jackson County Department could see anywhere from a two to 10 percent drop in fire insurance rates.
"For the homeowners in these two areas, it would behoove them to contact their agent to make sure they're going to receive a drop in insurance," said Etheridge.
To check the fire insurance rating for where you live, call 601-981-2915.