Lamar County increases size of fire protection district

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Lamar County Supervisors are increasing the size of one of the county's fire protection districts, which will save some residents hundreds of dollars a year on their homeowner's insurance.

Thursday morning, supervisors approved a resolution of intent to annex dozens of homes into the Southwest Fire Protection District.

Those homeowners had been receiving fire protection from the district, but had lived too far outside the district's official boundaries to receive substantial savings on their insurance.

"The rating bureau recognizes fire protection if you live within 5 road miles of a fire station, so we had some areas that were over 5 road miles and over the last couple of years, we've been building fire stations and that's going to allow us to increase the coverage area for ratings by about 3 square miles," said Geoge Stevens, Lamar County Fire Coordinator. "So, about 300 people will be able to enjoy all the benefits when we get everything in place, which should take about another month to 6 weeks," Stevens said.

Stevens said the annexation will mean homeowners in the area will see their insurance rates drop by 35 to 50 percent.

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