The Board of Fire Commissioners, following two Public Hearings on the matter, voted on May 1st to place a request for a Levy Lid Lift on the August 5th Primary Election ballot. Below are some basic facts about the District’s current and future funding projections. If you have any questions then please feel free to contact one of the Fire Commissioners or the Fire Chief for more information.
Lacey Fire District 3 recently underwent a voluntary reevaluation with the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) and received an improved classification throughout the District’s unincorporated service area. The WSRB evaluates all fire districts and cities throughout Washington State and rates them on a 1 to 10 scale based on multiple factors including fire department staffing, equipment, and training. Building and fire code enforcement, public education activities, water supply systems, and the 911 communications system are also evaluated during the process to determine a community’s overall score.
A “Class 1” is the highest possible rating but there are none of these in Washington State. There are only four “Class 2” communities in the entire state and they are all within King County. Lacey Fire District 3 partnered with the City of Lacey back in 2006 to become what is now one of only thirty “Class 3” cities in the state. At that time, the remainder of Lacey Fire District 3’s service area received either a “Class 4 or 5” rating depending on whether or not a fire hydrant was within one thousand feet of a property parcel.
Following the latest evaluation and based largely on current staffing, training, and water system enhancements, the entire fifty-four square mile area of Lacey Fire District 3’s unincorporated service area will now also have a “Class 3” rating within one thousand feet of a fire hydrant. There are only nine other fire districts in the state with this rating for their unincorporated areas. The primary impact of this enhancement for property owners is to help reduce or control the costs of property insurance. Generally speaking, the better a community’s protection class rating, the lower the cost to insure homes and businesses.
Residents and business owners within Lacey Fire District 3 are encouraged to contact their insurance companies to understand how their premiums are calculated and the potential impacts of the new rating. Please contact the District’s Headquarters at (360) 491-2410 for more information on a property’s location, or other District information.
Firefighter/EMTs Brandon Alderman and Claire Carlson and Firefighter/Paramedic Jordan Hoffman recently graduated from the Bates Fire Training Academy and begin their shift assignments this week. Welcome Aboard!
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