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After completion of our regular inspection by the Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshal, our Fire Department now has a rating of 3, an increase from our previous rating of 5.  The North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS) ranges from 1 (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a certified fire department by the state). Higher ratings can also significantly lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district. An inspection is required on a regular basis and looks for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities, and availability of a water source.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Causey stated, “I'd like to congratulate Chief Fussell for the department's performance and for the hard work of all the department members. The citizens in the Town of these districts should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency." 

This is an amazing result, especially for a smaller department like ours, and represents the outstanding efforts by Chief Fussell and his entire staff and we are proud of the results.  We as a Town are making great strides, and this is an example of our success.