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Springhill fire rating could mean lower insurance costs for residents

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SPRINGHILL, La. -

In a day and age when most items in life seem to only increase in cost there are savings on the way for some residents of north Louisiana. It has taken planning and hard work.

If you live or own a business in Springhill Fire District 11 this may be a good time to speak with your insurance carrier. You may be able to save money as a result of the reclassification of the fire protection department that serves you. Fire Chief Billy Raspberry as has led the charge in securing new equipment including a brand new rescue vehicle.

Chief Billy Raspberry Jr. of the Springhill Fire Department says "It went from a class six to a class four which means there is going to be lower rates for Fire District Eleven residents."

The lower the fire rating number translates to a much improved fire department. This is partly due to the department adding a new pumper truck and super-sized ladder truck to the fleet earlier this year. This has helped to lower response times on emergency calls.

Chief Raspberry adds "We also had new funds to put a new fire station in and buy new trucks that allowed for better distribution for fire department vehicles. Rescue one is going to carry the jaws of life. I know everyone has heard of the jaws of life. It also carries some specialized equipment that we have had on hand"

And as for that idea of saving money on insurance premiums?

according to Chief Raspberry "That is great news for the residents of district eleven. Generally on a 75,000 home. That is going to save between 200 and 300 dollars a year."

The improved fire rating has been a well-studied process. Jackie Carathers is on the advisory board for the district fire department and has let's say a few years of experience. Dating back to 1962.

He says "Main thing is that you've got to get everybody here enjoying and love what they do. You just can't go fight a fire and not like it. You can't go get somebody off the street and say let's go fight a fire. You've got to know what you are doing."

Chief Billy Raspberry echoes that idea "The guys that work for the fire department are the most dedicated group of guys that I feel like in this area. These guys get up time and time again and come fight fires run EMS and rescue. Whatever is needed.

The chief took time to give tips concerning the use of space heaters and other and HVAC unit safety. Plus cooking for the holidays.

He says "We are getting into colder weather hopefully. With the space heaters I highly recommend that no clothing or anything flammable be placed near the heater. The HVAC units that have the dirt on them that haven't been used all year I advise that they a certified HVAC man to inspect it. Frying turkeys is going to be the biggest scare. Be sure that your turkey is complete thawed out before you fry your turkey. And we are getting into colder weather hopefully also get your chimneys checked. The chimney fire is generally just a build-up of soot.

The Springhill Fire District will apply for another reduced fire rating in the future. We will let you know what happens. Good job firefighters.

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