Fire Class Rating Improves for North Bend, Preston, District 38; Possibly Lowering Insurance Premiums

EF&RlogoSome possible good news was released last week about the insurance bills of homes serviced by Eastside Fire & Rescue, which provides fire and emergency service for King County Fire Districts 10 and 38 and the cities of Issaquah, North Bend and  Sammamish.

The Washington Surveying & Rating Bureau (WSRB) evaluated EF&R’s capabilities, determining new classification ratings for much of the service area.  The WSRB provides information to insurance companies and capability ratings for state fire departments.

Protection Classification for King County Fire District 10 improved from a Class 5 to a Class 4; North Bend also improved from a Class 5 to a Class 4; and Fire District 38 moved from a Class 6 to a Class 4. The change is effective April 1, 2014.

The fire districts will also receive the Water Tender Credit, where properties over 1,000 feet from a fire hydrant and within five miles of a fire station will receive a rating of a Class 5.  For  properties more than five miles from a station, the general Class 8A will remain.

Depending on the insurance company, a premium reduction is possible. Eastside Fire & Rescue encourages homeowners to contact their insurance companies for more information.

Eastside Fire & Rescue encompasses 190 square miles, including the  areas of Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend, Preston, South Cove, Tiger Mountain, Coalfield, Carnation, Lake Joy, and Wilderness Rim areas.

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