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Holly Springs fire department rating helps homeowners

Holly Springs Fire/Rescue apparatus | image: Town of Holly Springs

Some residents and businesses in Holly Springs should see a significant decrease in fire insurance premiums, said officials with Wake County and State Fire Marshal/Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey.

After completing a routine inspection, the Holly Springs Fire Department’s rating within town limits improved from a "4" to a “1”, the highest level possible. Causey announced the new ratings Tuesday at the Holly Springs Town Council meeting.

“We are very proud of the Holly Springs Fire Department, and we congratulate them on these exceptional scores that will benefit both homeowners and businesses within their districts,” said Nick Campasano, director of Wake County Fire Services.

The inspection, which is required by the state on a regular basis, reviews staffing levels, equipment, maintenance, communications capabilities and availability of water sources.

The rating change in Holly Springs is primarily due to the availability of water. In town, the department can use fire hydrants for water supply, whereas in the unincorporated areas, water is transported to the scene by tanker trucks.

A county resident not previously within 1,000 feet of a hydrant will see their premiums go down based on the rating system—the amount of the savings will be determined by their insurance company.

The department’s rating in unincorporated areas improved from a 9 to 3, making it the fifth in Wake County to receive this score.

The new ratings go into effect Dec. 1, 2019, and savings should go into effect the next time an owner’s policy renews.