A big thank-you to Chief Teeters and county fire department

A big congratulations and tip of the hat to our Coweta County Fire Department for getting its fire protection rating improved.

And we salute CCFD Chief Johnny Teeters and his staff for their perseverance in working with the Insurance Services Office to get the nation’s insurance rating company to change its original rating on the county’s fire protection.

The ISO gave the county a Class 5 ISO Rating in April 2011, but county fire officials believed it should have been a Class 4 rating. Our officials got with the insurance company, went over various changes, and eventually got the improved rating.

This is big news for county residents, as homeowners should expect to see savings between 10 and 15 percent on insurance. Many of the improvements were possible with a $20 million fire bond voters approved in 2009. Those funds allowed the county to purchase additional fire engines and construct new facilities. The newest one, a relocated Fire Station 6 in Madras, will put many homes in Arbor Springs within five miles of a fire station.

As Teeters said in a recent interview, “we felt from the beginning that we deserved a Class 4 ISO Rating and that they didn’t give us the proper credit for our capabilities.”

We agree and are glad to see the fire department kept at it.

And as Deputy Fire Chief Todd Moore pointed out in the same interview, “Coweta County is now in the top 12 percent in the state and in the top 10 percent in the nation based on its ISO rating.”

That is something we should all take pride in. The fire department is the one agency you hope you never have to see at your residence. But thanks to their hard work, we can all rest assured they will get there quickly and work with utmost professionalism to put out fires and save lives.

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