Point Roberts fire district improves insurance rating

Reduced insurance rates may be coming for some residents of Whatcom County Fire District 5 following a decrease in the area’s fire insurance rating.

Fire Chief Christopher Carleton said some residents already have reported savings of $100 or more after the Point Roberts district was downgraded from a fire insurance rating of six to five.

Others living in the district can contact their insurance agencies to find out whether they can reduce premiums.

The district was downgraded after an evaluation by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau a few months ago, Carleton said. The evaluation looked at factors like the age of the district’s fire engines, age and training levels of personnel, water distribution systems, volume of calls received by the department and levels of response to emergencies.

The district receives an evaluation every five years, and before its next evaluation in 2020, Carleton said the district will continue making improvements. He hopes to do so by acquiring a new engine for the department’s fleet and bringing on more volunteer staff.

“I’m hopeful we’ll be able to maintain our level five and possibly downgrade it further,” he said.

The district’s class-five rating will officially go into effect on Sept. 1.

Information about the ratings of individual residences or business can be found by calling the WSRB Customer Service line at 206-217-0101.

Reach Libby Keller at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.