For Immediate Release: October 26, 2015

Insurance Commissioner Presents Award to Fayetteville Fire Department

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin is pleased to present the City of Fayetteville Fire Department with the Insurance Commissioner's Special Achievement Award for having earned the Insurance Services Office Class 1 public protection rating—the highest possible inspections rating for fire departments.

Each fire department is assigned a rating from 1 to 10 (with Class 1 as the highest level) based on an inspection of its operations, water supply and distribution, emergency communications and efforts to prevent and reduce fire risk. Nationally, only 132 of almost 49,000 communities have reached the Class 1 rating; there are currently five in North Carolina.

"I commend Fayetteville Fire Department for its stellar commitment to protecting lives and property," said Goodwin. "Because of that commitment, residents, business owners and visitors in their community can count on superior fire service and reduced fire losses."

Public protection ratings are also a factor in fire insurance premiums. Residents and business owners in a community with a high fire department rating often enjoy lower insurance premiums than those in communities with lower ratings.

Fayetteville Fire Department earned its Class 1 rating in 2015 under the leadership of Fire Chief Ben Major. The department is made up of 331 men and women and responds to approximately 30,000 calls each year.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Goodwin will present the award to Fayetteville Fire Department during the Oct. 26 Fayetteville City Council meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 433 Hay St., Fayetteville.