11/15/06 30 W - + 17 - 10 WTVD Story

For those who haven't seen same, here's yesterday's WTVD story on fire departments, fire insurance rates, and (gasp!) the relationship therein. You can also discuss on their forums.

The media makes it seem so easy to make our departments 10x better! All we have to do is request more money from the county commissioners and just like that, our insurance rating drops 2 points … I wish I had known it was that easy. I bet if we ask the commissioners for a hydrant too, they can just plop one of those in the ground for us on every street corner.

In all seriousness though, we’re in a losing battle with the media. We can’t please anyone until they find that $600 for fire insurance wasn’t that big of a deal when their home is saved.

By the way, their information on insurance ratings is a little bit behind the times (Hipex, Dutchville, Alert, Ten Ten, Furina, Wakette, Wakelon, and all the rural stations).
WC Volunteer - 11/16/06 - 11:34

The insurance info shows insurance district names, not fire department names. But, either way, some of them were still outdated.
Guest - 11/16/06 - 16:54

From the last time I saw a Wake County ISO district map, each of these names was still recognized as an insurance district. Wouldn’t ALERT have made more sense than Eastern Wake?? You are what you are…
Old Guest - 11/20/06 - 01:25

Being that we are in EASTERN WAKE COUNTY the name just makes since, there are SEVERAL fire depts in NC that have different insurance names than their dept names, but hey there are what they are…...
Beach - 11/20/06 - 02:10

The reason that some rural fire insurance districts have different names than nearby municipal fire insurance districts is that two fire insurance districts could not have the same name.

So, back in the day in Zebulon, the municipal fire insurance district was named Zebulon. This district was protected by the Zebulon (Municipal) Fire Department, which was organized in the 1920s. When the Zebulon Rural Fire Department was organized in the 1950s, their fire insurance district was named Wakelon. The name is presumably a blend of Zebulon and Wakefield, the name of the nearby community.

The Apex rural district was named Hipex.

The Fuquay-Varina rural district was named Furina.

The Garner rural district was named, if I recall, St. Mary’s.

The Holly Springs rural district was named, gasp, Holly Springs Rural. This is because Holly Springs Rural preceded Holly Springs Municipal. In the 1990s, when a Holly Springs municipal district was created, it was likely simply named Holly Springs. Same thing for Morrisville.

The Knightdale rural district was named Alert.

The Wake Forest rural district was named Wakette.

The Wendell district was named Wendell-Holmes.

Western Wake’s district was a merger of Fairgrounds and Yrac, with Yrac a reverse spelling of Cary.

Bay Leaf operates as a merger of themselves and Six Forks, though the Six Forks fire insurance district appears still on the maps.

Stony Hill was originally named Stoney Hill, and the insurance district retains the original spelling.

Fairview was originally named Ten Ten, after Ten Ten Road, and the insurance district retains the original name.

Wake-New Hope was named as such as there were other New Hope Fire Departments in the state. Incorporation years, from the Secretary of State web site: 1953 (Gaston?), 1956 (Wayne County), 1956 (Wake County), 1973 (Orange County), 1976 (Randolph County).

These separate municipal and rural districts are the reasons that so many volunteer fire departments that served or were based in municipalities had “city trucks” and “rural trucks.” The town would purchase fire equipment that could be used within the city limits. The volunteers would raise money and purchase fire equipment that could be used both inside and out. Some times these two departments shared the same stations. Some times they had separate stations. There were usually two rosters, two chiefs, etc.
Legeros - 11/20/06 - 07:46

The point is … the insurance ratings do not show current information.
WC Volunteer - 11/20/06 - 08:54

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