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June 2, 2014

Cedar Country Fire gains new rating

NORMAN — The Cedar Country Fire Protection District in eastern Cleveland County announced Sunday an improved protection rating that will significantly lower property insurance premiums for many rural residents.

“We are extremely proud of what our volunteer fire department, emergency manager and board have accomplished for the residents of our district,” Chairman Daryl Covey said. “This has been our guiding strategic objective since we were established in 2002.”

The district has received a letter of notification from ISO assigning an improved Public Protection Classification Level 6 effective Aug. 1 for properties within five road miles of the district’s two fire stations on 180th Street Southeast near Post Oak and Slaughterville roads, respectively.

One insurance agent who writes policies in the district has estimated that homeowner premiums will decrease by approximately 50 percent for qualified properties. Future station construction will focus on extending the new protection rating to as many remaining properties within the district as possible.

Examination for the new rating required the Cedar Country Fire Department's volunteers to assemble and present extensive records on training, fire responses, personnel, certifications, vehicles, equipment, pump tests, water supplies and more. Emergency Manager Roger Wickey led the preparation of records.

The department’s firefighters, led by Fire Chief Harlen Fipps, demonstrated the required skills in complex water shuttle operations. A spokesperson at the State Fire Marshal’s office said the Cedar Country volunteer team “knocked the ball out of the park.”

The Cedar Country Fire Protection District encompasses 67.5 square miles in eastern Cleveland County, with a population of approximately 5,000. It is bounded by Lindsey Street on the north, 132nd Street on the west, State Highway 39 on the south, and the Pottawatomie County Line on the east.

 

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