Lacey Fire District 3’s unincorporated service area has received an improved rating after the district voluntarily sought a new evaluation from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.
“Generally speaking, the better a community’s protection class rating, the lower the cost to insure homes and businesses,” fire officials said in a news release.
The unincorporated service area has now been raised to “Class 3,” which equals the current rating for the city of Lacey.
Unincorporated areas served by Lacey Fire previously received either a “Class 4” or “Class 5” rating, depending on whether a fire hydrant was within 1,000 feet of a property parcel. The improved rating was based on current staffing, training and water system enhancements.
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The WSRB evaluates all fire districts and cities throughout Washington state and rates them on a 1 to 10 scale based on several factors, including fire department staffing, equipment, and training, according to a news release.