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Improved ISO rating for Priceville should lower insurance rates

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

PRICEVILLE — Mayor Melvin Duran said at Priceville's Town Council meeting Thursday that because of an improved International Organization for Standardization rating for the Priceville Volunteer Fire Department, residents can expect lower insurance rates, effective Oct. 1.

After ISO completed an analysis of the department's structural fire suppression delivery system, Priceville rated a 4 for the city limits and a 5/9 split classification of its fire district. The department earned a total credit of 63.80 percent of a maximum 100 percent.

In the split classification, the first class (5) applies to properties within five road miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant. The second class (9) applies to properties beyond 1,000 feet of a hydrant but within five road miles of a fire station.

Melvin Duran Jr., firefighter and chairman of the board, said only 6.9 percent of departments across the country rate a 4 or better.

Also attending the meeting were Assistant Fire Chief Larry Waddell and Chaplain Steve Wilson. Waddell gave an update on the department and said membership had grown 25 percent in the past year to 50 members.

Mayor Duran thanked the department for its hard work and contributions to the town.

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