STEELE CREEK NEWS
State Officials Award New
Volunteer Fire District Rating After Inspection
27, 2020) North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey
announced Wednesday that the Steele Creek Fire District completed their routine
inspection and received the rating of 3/9E with an effective date of 7/1/2020. The
inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of
State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North
Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). Among other things, the routine
inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper
maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of a water
District Type Rating Effective
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Steele Creek Rural 3/9E 07/01/2020
The NCRRS rating system ranges from one (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a
certified fire department by the state), with most rural departments falling into
the 9S category. While lower ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a
higher rating does suggest that a department is overall better equipped to respond
to fires in its district. Higher ratings can also significantly lower homeowners
insurance rates in that fire district.
"I'd like to congratulate Chief Hardin for the department's performance and for
the hard work of all the department members," said Commissioner Causey. "The
citizens in the Town of these districts should rest easy knowing they have a fine
group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency."
State law requires OSFM officials to inspect departments serving districts of
100,000 people or less, which makes up all but twelve of the state's fire
See the cover letter to the press release from the Office of
State Fire Marshall below.
See the map below for the area covered by the Steele Creek
Volunteer Fire Department.
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