April 26, 2017
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey announced today that the Colington Volunteer Fire Department recently completed their response rating inspection and received the listed rating of Class 3, effective August 1, 2017. 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 source.
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.
“I’d like to congratulate Chief Rainey for the department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members,” said Commissioner Causey. “The citizens in the Colington fire district 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 six of the state’s fire districts. There are only 61 Class 3 fire districts in North Carolina out of 1,533 rated departments.
Colington Fire Chief Glenn Rainey stated he was pleased with the new rating and credited the hard work of all the Volunteer and Career firefighters in the department, noting that there are only 61 Class 3 fire districts in North Carolina out of 1,533 rated districts. “This is totally a team effort” said Rainey. In addition to the fire department capabilities, response ratings also take into consideration water supply and hydrant maintenance, as well as dispatch equipment and capabilities, both of which are handled by Dare County.