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Montgomery Co. Residents To Save On Property Insurance

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by Shannon Royster

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. - Beginning February, thousands of Montgomery County residents will see their property insurance rates drop.

After upgrading its six fire stations, the county went through the Insurance Service Office re-certification process back in 2012, and it's finally paying off.

Volunteer fire station 16 and the five others in Montgomery County all got brand new equipment. A new rescue truck, a brand new k-12 rescue saw and an additional fire truck.

"Our old truck carried 500 gallons of water," said Fire Chief Brandon McCurdy. "This one carries about 100 gallons of water, and it can pump up to 15 hundred gallons a minute so we can move a lot of water fast."

Thanks to all of the new safety equipment, the Montgomery County mayor said more than 54,000 residents and business owners within five miles of a volunteer fire station will save a significant amount on their property insurance bill.

"After a lengthy multi-year evaluation, the county is proud to announce that our new ISO rating is a protection class six," said Mayor Carolyn Bowers.

The ISO or Insurance Service Office uses protection class numbers to come up with insurance rates from one to 10. The lower the number the better. Montgomery County used to have a nine. Fire Chief McCurdy said the new equipment has made all the difference. "With the newer truck and better equipment we can provide a better response with the people in our communities," he said.

And being able to save more lives and cause less damage to property will save residents more than 34 percent off their annual coverage.

In order to actually see those savings residents need to call their insurance agent to make sure their insurance company will honor the new ISO rating in February. If not, residents have three months to shop around to get the best savings.

For more information on this change, Montgomery County Government will host Town Hall meetings all beginning at 7 p.m. in January. The Town Hall dates and locations are as follows:

1. Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - Cunningham Volunteer Fire Service, 3997 Morgan Circle.

2. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - St. Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Service, 3850 Guthrie Hwy

3. Thursday, January 9, 2014 - East Montgomery Volunteer Fire Service, 200 McAdoo Creek Rd.

4. Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - Palmyra Volunteer Fire Service, 3283 Harris Circle

5. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Service, 2274 Woodlawn Rd.


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