The Lexington Fire Department’s new rating by the NC Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal takes effect today. The upgrade ensures top quality fire protection which ultimately aids in curtailing insurance coverage costs within the corporate limits.
The department was upgraded from a Class 3 to a Class 2 rating following an extensive evaluation by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. The ratings are done on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being the best. Lexington’s rating ranks among the top 1.5% in the state! Fire Chief Phillip Hartley explains more about what this means: “The Lexington Fire Department has continued to improve its rating. In 1994, LFD was upgraded from a Class 5 to a Class 3, and now to a Class 2 which is something the entire department is proud to have obtained.”
Fire districts are graded on efficiency, communications, training as well as other factors. Derrick Clouston, with the North Carolina Department of Insurance, explained at the October 23rd City Council meeting how the rating puts Lexington in an elite class: “A Fire Department’s Rating is related to what you provide for your citizens. So much of measuring efficiency is equated by what is returned to the taxpayers.” At the City Council meeting, there was a question about what it would take to achieve a Class 1 rating. The North Carolina Department of Insurance stated that the Lexington Fire Department has improved in all areas short of increasing personnel and relocation of one station for enhanced coverage.
Again, Lexington Fire Department's upgraded Class 2 rating takes effect today. Out of the 1,500 fire districts across the state, there are 16 Class 2 ratings and 7 Class 1 ratings ranking Lexington among the top 1.5% in the State of NC.