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Burlington’s fire department nabs top fire insurance rating

Burlington’s fire department literally rolled out the red fire engine on Tuesday as it welcomed Mike Causey, the state’s insurance commissioner, for a landmark announcement about the city’s fire protection services.

Causey (who is shown here to the right of Burlington’s fire chief Jay Mebane) formally commended the department that afternoon for having clinched a Class I insurance rating from the Insurance Services Office – a private firm that provides various risk-assessment services to clients throughout the U.S.

In attaining a Class I rating, Burlington joins an elite cadre of communities that boast the highest level of fire protection as recognized by the Insurance Services Office.

According to Burlington’s fire department, fewer than 1 percent of the nation’s fire departments can claim this coveted score.

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“An ISO Class 1 rating is the best rating a fire department can achieve and demonstrates the exemplary services provided to the citizens of Burlington,” the department elaborated in a news release following Causey’s appearance.

“A fire department’s insurance rating affects homeowners’ and business insurance premiums and helps signal how prepared firefighters are at responding to calls and battling blazes in their fire districts.”

Other photos from the Insurance Commissioner’s Tuesday visit

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