By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information and Education Officer.
Snohomish County Fire District 7 was recently reevaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) because of the recent merger between Fire Districts 3 & 7. The purpose of this reevaluation was to determine the fire protection capabilities of our communities in relation to fire insurance ratings.
Through consistent efforts to provide the highest quality service to our citizens, Fire District 7 is happy to report that our Protection Classification has remained a Protection Class 3.
Furthermore, the Class 3 rating also extends to all citizens living in unincorporated Snohomish County in former Fire District 3, which formerly had a Protection Class 5 rating.
The Protection Class rating is used by many insurance companies to establish fire insurance premiums for individual properties.
The WSRB is a third-party company which evaluates fire districts in four main areas as follows:
- Water Supply: capacity, distribution and maintenance of water systems and hydrants.
- Fire Department: fire stations, apparatus, equipment, personnel and their training.
- Emergency Communications: dispatch system used in emergency communications.
- Fire Safety Control: fire code enforcement, and fire safety education.
The new Protection Class 3 rating took effect on August 1, 2017.
The WSRB and Fire District 7 recommend residents living in former Fire District 3 contact their insurance agents after this date to have their insurance premiums reflect the new Protection Classification.