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Posted on: May 22, 2019

Hall County improves Public Protection Classification grade, benefiting residents

Hall County residents could see a reduction in their homeowner's insurance premiums, thanks to improved marks in the Public Protection Classification (PPC) determined by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).

In its most recent grade, Hall County was given a score of 2/2X (the same as a 2/9 on the old scoring system, phased out in 2014), earning high marks in its firefighter training procedures, emergency reporting infrastructure and standard operating procedures. Hall County was rated as a 3/9 (now a 3/3X) in its previous score, which utilizes a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the best.

ISO scores resources and response of the fire department in addition to the capabilities of 911 Communications and capacity of the local water system. They look at things such as fire suppression resources and their distribution, call handling capabilities, and water supply distribution.

According to ISO data from 2017, only 4.1-percent of departments scored equal to or better than Hall County's 2/2X.

"This upgraded rating is a direct reflection of the hard work of the men and women of Hall County Fire Services, who continually go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our residents' safety," said Chris Armstrong, Chief of Hall County Fire Services.

Residents are encouraged to send this letter to their homeowner's insurance company to see if they qualify for a better rate.

"The residents of Hall County continue to reap the rewards of their continued investment in Hall County Fire Services. This improved score would not be possible without their support," said Richard Higgins, Hall County Commission Chairman.

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