ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Northwest Rockingham Fire Department has something to be proud of after achieving a new district rating that in turn will help homeowners in the county save money.

The volunteer-led fire department is made up of 28 firefighters. For the first time, the department has received a high rating of 6 compared to a 9S. The new rating is issued from the state Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal or OSFM.

It means the department is overall better equipped to respond to fire in the district. The higher rating also lowers homeowner’s insurance rates for those living in the fire district. Homeowners can expect to save up to 40-50-percent on their homeowner’s insurance. The new rating is effective starting on November 11, 2018.

The rating is based on a number of factors including equipment, training hours, mutual aid agreements, facilities and more.

Mike Causey, Commissioner and State Fire Marshall said, “I’d like to congratulate Chief James for the department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members.”

Causey also said, “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.”

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