Hall County residents are encouraged to ask their homeowner’s insurance companies for a discounted rate because the county’s rating with the Insurance Services Office has improved.
The county has received a score of 2 for its Public Protection Classification grade, up from a previous score of 3. The ratings use a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best rating.
Factors considered in the rating include firefighter training, fire inspections, equipment and response time.
“I want to thank our courageous men and women for the service that they provide for our citizens,” Fire Chief Chris Armstrong said in a video announcing the rating.Armstrong said that while not everyone will qualify for a discounted rate, residents can send a letter available on the Hall County website to their homeowner’s insurance company to see if they could save.
The Gainesville Fire Department recently received a rating of 1, which the city maintained from its previous evaluation in 2014. Gainesville Fire Chief Jerome Yarbrough announced the rating at a May 7 City Council meeting, and the city’s next evaluation will be in 2023.