The Fire Chiefs, Administration, and the Fire Board for Sabine Parish Fire District 1 Wards 3 & 4 would like to announce that Central Sabine Fire has now achieved a Class 5 fire rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL). This rating affects the insurance premiums for homeowners and business owners within our fire district.
Central Sabine Fire is the only fire district in the parish to achieve this rating. Before this new rating, the fire district held a Class 6 rating. The PIAL class rating is on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest and best rated class.
This new rating was made possible through the hard work from the Chiefs’, Duty Crew personnel, volunteers, and the Fire Board. The department staffed two firefighters working 24 hour shifts to ensure that the department was able to respond to the calls for assistance. The duty crew personnel also handled preplan inspections, trainings, and call logs.
The Chief of Training held another in-house Firefighter I and Il course that was open to other fire districts. The department had members participate and also welcomed recruits from Leesville Fire. Class was held twice a week and skills were held on Saturdays. The department would want to thank North Sabine Fire for allowing the recruit class to use their training facility for skills and live burns.
The Fire Board allowed the purchase of equipment that needed to be replaced and purchase new equipment that would allow the fire department to operate efficiently. This was done while operating on a limited budget.
The Fire Prevention Division increased their presence within the community and schools through public education efforts. Smoke Alarms were given out to the public at every event possible.
The department encouraged our firefighters to acquire certifications that were available through LSU FETA at Baton Rouge and Pine Country. In some instances, the department sent fire personnel to the Alabama Fire College for trainings and certifications. We encourage our firefighters to further their education. This benefits the firefighter, department, and our citizens.
They reached out to Buddy Wood from State Farm who wrote, “We salute the dedicated and tireless work of the men and women who service our fire districts and the efforts required to achieve this improved rating. Customers should see some immediate positive change in their premiums, both residential and business, due to the rating improvement.” For specific questions regarding your policy, the department encourages that you reach out to your insurance company directly.
The department would also like to thank the public for their support. This new rating signifies growth and improvement for them and their citizens.