Natchez needs more firefighters to keep insurance rating

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The City of Natchez must hire more firefighters to avoid a drop in its fire insurance rating.

The Natchez Democrat ( ) reports that the Mississippi State Rating Bureau notified the city last month that the city’s fire protection no longer warrants its current rating: five on a scale of one to 10.

When ratings drop, residents’ insurance rates can go up.

A tight city budget has prevented the hiring of all the needed firefighters so far.

Mayor Darryl Grennell plans to schedule a meeting in Jackson with representatives from the bureau and the Mississippi Insurance Department to determine steps to prevent a lower rating.

The bureau’s superintendent of public protection, Ty Windham, says municipalities generally have a year to make improvements before their ratings are dropped.

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