Some Hall County residents could see a reduction in their homeowner's insurance premiums, thanks to improved marks in the Public Protection Classification (PPC), a ranking determined by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).
Hall County recently earned a score of 2/2X - the same as a 2/9 on the old scoring system, which was phased out in 2014. The county earned 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. The assessment includes 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 Hall County Fire Services Chief Chris Armstrong.
Armstrong made his comments via video on the Hall County Government Facebook page. You can see his video here.
Government officials are encouraging residents to send this letter to their homeowner's insurance company to see if they qualify for a better insurance rate as the result of the improved score.
"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.