Residents living within five miles of the Maple Fire Department may see reduced homeowners’ insurance rates as soon as July 1, officials recently announced.
Marty Green, chairman of the Maple Rural Fire District’s board, said the district is proud to announce that its Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating has dropped from 6 to 4.
The ISO number is based on a scale of 1 to 10 and rates 45,000 fire departments across the United States, Green said.
Green said the fire district was rated as a 9-10 back in 1995, but with the help and diligence of the “all-together” efforts of the community, firefighters, board of directors, neighboring fire departments, county officials, the Cherokee Nation, the Sequoyah County Water Association and many others, the department was able to succeed in its mission.
“We are very pleased to have earned this rating,” Green said.
The lower rating is expected to reduce insurance costs for residential and commercial buildings.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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