By CARL SMITH
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing 10 a.m. Monday in regard to establishing a Class 8 fire rating for the District 5 Volunteer Fire Department.
Board President Marvell Howard said the board issued an intent to seek the Mississippi State Fire Rating Bureauâ€™s designation in a previous board meeting.
In March, Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said the fire departmentâ€™s area is currently designated Class 10. A move to Class 8 would help lower insurance premiums for residents, he said.
â€śWe have three rated volunteer fire stations in the county: East Oktibbeha County Volunteer Fire Department, Central Volunteer Fire Department and Adaton (VFD),â€ť Rosenhan said last month. â€śThose three areas have response districts which meet certain criteria with water transport, manpower and administration. Class 10 to Class 8 is a substantial move benefiting those citizens because it doesnâ€™t cost them anything to make the move â€” the rated districts arenâ€™t taxing districts.â€ť
Rosenhan said District 5 has the hardware and has completed the proper training and exercises for the move to a better rating.
â€śItâ€™s all a matter of paperwork at this point,â€ť Rosenhan said. â€śClass 8 is about as good as you can get in the county.â€ť