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Rincon hopeful on new ISO rates
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The city of Rincon should be hearing soon on new ISO ratings, and Fire Chief Corey Rahn is eagerly awaiting the results.

The ISO ratings could be reduced to one of the lowest possible for a fire department manned mostly by volunteers.

"There will be a large benefit," Chief Rahn said. "We just don’t know what it will be yet. I feel for sure we will be a 4, if not a 3."

Lowering the ISO ratings could cut some homeowners’ insurance premium rates by half or more, Rahn estimated.

"That would be tremendous," said council member Paul Wendelken, a former volunteer firefighter, "even a 4."

The city’s overall ISO rating could be a mix of 5/9 to 10.

"We will not have a single rate," Rahn said. "We’ll still be a 10 on what is five miles plus from a station."

Chief Rahn said there will be two pockets of the city’s coverage area that will be placed in ISO 10, totaling about 3-4 percent of city’s service sector.

Mayor Ken Lee said the city has been pro-active in enhancing its fire department, adding a training center and its first full-time firefighters.

"It is money well spent," he said.