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Jackson County Looking To Enhance Fire Service

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Jackson county commissioners are taking steps to enhance their fire service. It's an effort to help keep homeowner's insurance from going up.

Commissioners are looking for a company to come in and make recommendations on how to enhance it. Commissioners have received proposals from the different firms, or companies, and the next step is to create a committee who will then rank the firms to determine which one they decide to use.

Once decided though, the firm will focus on three things in trying to help them enhance their service: the ISO rating, station location, and funding source.

Commissioner Jeremy Branch says the ISO rating is important as any changes mean a direct effect on homeowners.

"We're preparing to see a significant change in the ISO rating in some areas of the county, so the county is taking steps to how can we improve our fire service in the county, so citizens don't see a rise in insurance," says Branch.

Jackson County Fire Rescue Captain Chuck Sawyer says their current ISO rating is a 6 for a home with a fire hydrant that is located within 5 miles of the station. But with no fire hydrant that scores jumps up to a 9. He says re-locating stations could help lower the rating and that's something the firm will study and help determine.