Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Betheden VFD Works with EMEPA to Raise Funds

In 2016 the Winston Board of Supervisors voted to establish the Betheden Fire Protection Rating District in northern Winston County with the goal of improving fire rating in the area and as a result reduce insurance costs for residents in that area. That volunteer department has worked hard to achieve that goal.

In December, the Mississippi State Rating Board upgraded the classification of the Fire Protection District from a 10 class to a 7 class based upon the efforts of those involved with the fire district. This public protection classification applies to eligible properties within the fire district and within 5 miles of the responding fire department that serves that district.

Property owners who have dwellings within the district are now eligible for a reduction in insurance premiums based upon this rating.  Rate reductions could be as much as 30-35%.

The Betheden Fire Department needs the public's help in maintaining this rating by providing funds to purchase protective turnouts and equipment for the firemen. Those affected by this rating reduction are asked to give back by authorizing EMEPA to add as little as $1 to your monthly electric bill and provide the proceeds to Betheden VFD. Volunteers have visited most property owners affected but if you do not have a form, one can be obtained at  EMEPA offices in Louisville.

Forms can be mailed back or taken to EMEPA when paying your monthly bill or dropped off at Peterson's Store or Tabor Drugs.

To determine if you fall within the confines of the Betheden Fire Protection Rating District, a basic map is provided below. If you have more questions, contact your insurance agent or the following concerning this matter:

Randal Livingston   662-803-8393
Gail Triplett             662-705-0624
Tamika Triplett        601-728-7907
or any Betheden fireman.