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Shepherds Fire – Rescue Improves Insurance Rating

4 / 9E ISO rating will benefit citizens of the Shepherds Fire District

Mooresville— Earlier this week Shepherds Fire – Rescue was notified by the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) their Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating has improved from a split 6/9E to a 4/9E, effective in June of this year. The ISO rating directly impacts the citizens of the Shepherds Fire District by lowering the rates on homeowner’s insurance policies. Fire departments are periodically inspected to ensure they are able to meet expected standards that dictate a minimum level of fire protection and also qualifies homeowners throughout the state to be eligible to receive reduced insurance premium rates.                          

“This is a major accomplishment for our department and community, and I am very proud of the consistent effort, hard work, and continuous training our personnel commit to every day,” said Kelly Robinson, Fire Chief.

Shepherds Fire-Rescue is responsible for providing a variety of emergency services which include: responding to structure fires, wild land fires, hazardous materials incidents, medical emergencies, and both land and water rescue situations. There are 4 county schools and 26 large assembly/worship   occupancies in the district. Many of these structures have pre-schools and Shepherds Fire-Rescue provides continuing fire public education and life safety awareness for all of the public and private educational facilities in the district.

Chief Robinson also stated the assistance of Shepherds’ neighboring departments and agencies contributed to their success. He said, “We appreciate the assistance of Lake Norman, Mooresville, Mount Mourne, Sherrills Ford, South Iredell, Troutman, and others.”  He also stated "The Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office, Iredell County Emergency Communications, and NCDOI were key partners in their inspection."

Chief Robinson said, “We are very proud of the new insurance rating and I would be happy to speak to any citizens who might want to know what this rating means for them.” Chief Robinson can be reached at Shepherds Fire Station 1, 2014 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville, NC, 28117 during business hours or at (704) 663-1245.

Shepherds Fire-Rescue is a combination Fire Department operating from two stations in Iredell County, North Carolina, outside the Town of Mooresville.  Our current fleet includes 4 Engines, 1 Tanker, 1 Rescue, 1 Brush Truck, 1 Fire Boat and 3 support vehicles. The department is staffed with 25 volunteer firefighters supplemented by 15 paid part-time firefighters. The Shepherds Fire District is 32 square miles with a population of approximately 12,000 full-time residents.  The district is comprised of both rural and urban areas containing single-family residential, multi-family residential and commercial occupancies. 

Shepherds Fire-Rescue is responsible for providing a variety of emergency services which include: responding to structure fires, wild land fires, hazardous materials incidents, medical emergencies, and both land and water rescue situations. Six miles of a major interstate highway and a large part of a 32,510 acre lake that provides drinking water to several municipalities and is widely used for recreation are in the district. There are four county schools and 26 large assembly/worship occupancies in the district. Many have pre-schools and Shepherds Fire-Rescue provides continuing fire public education and life safety awareness for all of the public and private educational facilities in our district. Contractual and mutual aid agreements with the Town of Mooresville and other departments surrounding the district also require Shepherds Fire-Rescue to assist in fire protection for a much larger area. 

Shepherds Fire-Rescue strives to meet or exceed state and national firefighting, training, and safety standards through continued education, policy implementation, and equipment acquisition. The department’s current policy states that new volunteers should obtain state certification within two years of membership. This training is a total of 550 hours, which includes Firefighter I & II certification, Hazardous Materials Responder, and Emergency Medical Technician - Basic. This certification is obtained through classes funded by the North Carolina Community College System. North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission certification is designed to exceed the NFPA 1001 standard. Shepherds VFD has 8 in-house certified and qualified instructors who lead regular classes to ensure their personnel obtain certifications in accordance with state and departmental policies.

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