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Macon Fire Department Celebrates Top Rating

The Macon-Bibb Fire Department says it has maintained its Class 1 rating in the city of Macon with the Insurance Services Office, or ISO.


Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says the department has held the top ratings for 26 years, since 1984.


"I'm truly excited to know that these men and women energized themselves and just put their shoulders to the grind. We just decided this is something we wanted to do, wanted to maintain this, and we're certainly capable of doing it, and we've done it. The hard work has paid off and I'm excited about that," he said in a news conference with Macon Mayor Robert Reichert that announced the ratings.


A letter from the ISO says the rating will go into effect in March of next year.


The letter said that the ISO's Public Protection Classification Program plays a role in insurance companies setting prices for personal or commercial property insurance.


Riggins says the ratings usually last for 10 years.


He says his department took home a score of 91/100, earning a class 1 rating.


The scale of ratings ranges from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best.


"We are one of 62 fire departments in the United States of America that have the ISO classification of class 1, and that's no small feat," said Riggins.


He says a department's rating is based on things like water supply, employees, the 911 call center, equipment, and training.

According to Riggins, Bibb County has a lower rating.  He says Bibb comes in at 3/9.

He says some parts of unincorporated Bibb County have a 3 rating while other areas have 9.

He says that's due in part to the distance of fire stations from some areas of the county. Riggins says a new station being built in North Bibb will help improve that rating.

Bibb County Commissioners recently voted to approve a land purchase for station 109.


He also mentioned neighborhood that operate on well water systems that don't support fire hydrants as factors for the lower rating.

Riggins says the ended in June. He says the department was originally a few points shy of the class one ratings, but was allowed to go back and make adjustments to maintain it.


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