Residents of the Stanhope fire district may see a decrease in homeowners’ insurance rates now that the Stanhope Community Volunteer Fire Department’s lower fire district rating has taken effect.
The N.C. Department of Insurance’s Office of the State Fire Marshal recently awarded new district ratings after completing routine inspections in August. Stanhope’s new rating became effective on Nov. 1.
The Stanhope department’s rating of 6 in the 9E category improves upon a previous score of 9 dating back to May 2011. The 9E category is reserved for fire districts that meet certification requirements, but contain properties within their jurisdiction that are between five and six road miles from a responding fire station.
“I’d like to congratulate Chief Jordan for the department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members,” Mike Causey, the state insurance commissioner and state fire marshal, said in a written statement.