For Immediate Release: December 10, 2015
Insurance Commissioner to Present Award to Cary Fire Department
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin is to present the Town of Cary 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. He will present the award at the Dec. 10 Cary Town Council meeting at 6:30 p.m.
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 Cary 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.
Cary Fire Department earned its Class 1 rating in 2015 under the leadership of Fire Chief Allan Cain. The department is made up of 221 men and women across eight fire stations serving 154,000 citizens.