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Volunteer fire department helps to lower homeowner's insurance rates

BARRY, Ill. (WGEM) - Some homeowners and businesses could be paying less out of pocket for their insurance rates. That's because the Barry Fire Protection District bought more than $400,000 worth of new or updated equipment.

"We've got 30 dedicated guys that do a great job of getting here," Fire Chief Chris Little said. "Our training has defiantly improved over the last 10 years."

Little says training, along with two new fire trucks, a tanker truck and new turn-out gear has helped the fire department improve their ISO or Insurance Service Office rating.

"They give you a rating that most insurance companies put some weight to determine your home insurance," Little said.

Homeowners aren't the only ones benefiting from the fire departments hard work.Local businesses could also see a decrease in their insurance.

"With all the prices going up, it'll help us level things out," Local Barry Cafe Owner Cecily Calvey said.

Calvey says she's noticed the extra effort put in by the volunteer firefighters. 

"They work hard. They have meetings every month, every week," Calvey said. "We all think highly of our volunteer fire department."

Local insurance agents say homeowners will see an improvement in their insurance rate if they renew after January. Agents say the average amount a homeowner would save depends on the insurance provider.

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