PETOSKEY -- An organization that rates communities' fire-protection capabilities recently upgraded its ranking of those in Petoskey.
During Monday's Petoskey City Council meeting, city manager Dan Ralley noted that the Insurance Services Office (ISO) recently issued a new rating for Petoskey's firefighting resources.
Petoskey recently was assigned an ISO rating of 4 citywide. The community's rating previously stood at 5 -- except in Bay Harbor, which for many years did not have a fire station in the immediate area and was assigned a rating of 10.
"The scoring for ISO, which we went through this summer, is based 50 percent on fire operations, 40 percent on water operations and distribution and 10 percent on dispatch," Ralley said.
Ralley said property owners often see savings on their insurance premiums when their community's ISO rating improves.
But he added that the scope of savings can vary based on the nature of the property and the insurance carrier involved, and that not all insurers use ISO data in calculating rates.
Mayor Bill Fraser said the improved rating was based in part on the recent addition of a public safety station along the Bay Harbor corridor, but that other investments in firefighting resources and efforts of Department of Public Safety staff were factors as well.
"This is big news for the city," he added.
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