by Dennis Dalman
Sartell Fire Chief Ken Heim had good news for the Sartell City Council at its Aug. 12 meeting.
The department, he said, has maintained its insurance rating of “4” from the International Standards Organization. The most common rating in Minnesota is “9.” The lower the number, the better. There are 39 ratings of “3” in Minnesota, but none that are “1” or “2,” Heim noted, which places Sartell in a rather special category.
Each fire department is rated by the ISO on a 100-point checklist to come up with the insurance ratings.
A big help for Sartell getting a “4” is the city’s decision to build another water plant some years ago, Heim noted.
The good insurance rating makes a big difference in lowering fire-insurance rates in the city, especially for commercial property.