The Fuquay-Varina Municipal Fire District received an upgraded rating of 2 in municipal areas and 4 in the rural district after inspections conducted by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal. The Public Protection Classification (PPC) program, is a tool developed by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) for property and casualty insurers to properly assess their risk by rating fire protection services throughout the United States. A classification of 1 to 10 is assigned based upon the results of the inspection with 1 being the highest level of fire protection. The new ratings are effective October 1, 2017.
Fuquay made a big jump in the ratings going from a Class 4 PPC within Town Limits to a Class 2 which could result in lower insurance premiums for commercial occupancies covered by the PPC System. The rural district improved from a Class 9 PPC to a Class 4 which will may result in insurance premium benefits for both residences and businesses. The Fuquay-Varina Municipal Fire District is one of only 16 fire districts in North Carolina (out of more than 1,500 districts) to be awarded a rating of 2.
It has been approximately 15 years since the OSFM last rated Fuquay-Varina and a lot has changed in that time. The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department (FVFD) serves more people as the call area has increased resulting in a steady increase in call volume. In 2016 the department handled 4,087 total calls, an increase of nearly 12% over 2015. In keeping up with the times and the demands, FVFD has better, more efficient equipment as well as more fire personnel with professional training.
Fuquay-Varina Mayor Pro Tem Blake Massengill said, “This is a major accomplishment by the fire
department which continues to improve and provide quality fire and rescue services to our community.”
The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshal
(OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS).
Among other things, the routine inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment and
proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of a water source. Virtually all U.S. home and business property insurers use ISO’s Public Protection Classifications in calculating premiums. Generally speaking, fire insurance prices in a community with a good PPC are much lower than those with a poor PPC.
FVFD serves a 12.16-square-mile area within town limits and also serves approximately 55.26 square miles of unincorporated Wake County known as the Furina Rural District. The Furina Rural District, with an upgraded rating of 4, is one of only 199 fire districts in the state that possess a rating of 4.
“The credit for this achievement belongs to the firefighters who have worked hard to make us safer,” said County Commissioner Matt Calabria, who is Vice Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners and Chair of its Public Safety Committee. “This is proof that we can do the right thing and stand by our first responders, and we’ll be safer and wealthier because of it.”
The FVFD is a municipal combination career/volunteer department in Southern Wake County, approximately 15 miles from Raleigh. The fire district ranges from urban to rural settings which is mostly residential. The department operates five engines, a ladder truck, two rescue trucks, four tankers and a brush truck out of three stations and provides fire protection to more than 50,000 residents in a 68-square-mile jurisdiction. The department is led by Chief Tony Mauldin with 43 career staff and 10 part-time firefighters. They also have 21 volunteers but are continually seeking more in order to maintain a high level of service to the community. Those interested in volunteering can contact Chief Mauldin at (919) 552-0422.
The Fuquay-Varina Fire District has undergone substantial growth in recent years. The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is considered one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. Estimated growth in the town is much higher than in previous years boasting the fourth largest number of new residential building permits. As the area continues to grow, FVFD will expand capabilities to provide the highest level of service possible.