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Everyone benefits from improved fire rating

The improved fire protection rating for the City of Clarksburg is good news on many levels. The department has been informed by the Insurance Services Organization that it was elevating the city's rating from Class 4 to Class 3.

This will mean good news for local businesses who are likely to benefit from lower insurance rates.

It could also serve as an economic development tool to lure prospective businesses to town.

But perhaps best of all, it's reassuring to Clarksburg residents to know that they have one of the best fire departments in the state. The ratings are based on several criteria, including personnel, equipment, training, building inspections and pre-planning procedures.

The I.S.O. was also impressed with the capabilities of the water board and the county's 911 system. Together, it all added up to quality, professional fire protection.

"It's something we're proud of," said Clarksburg Fire Chief Rick Scott. "For a city of our size, it's a great accomplishment."

Indeed it is. And we all reap the benefits of this vital city service.

We're also impressed with Scott's goal to someday get a Class 2 rating. He's not content for the department to rest on its laurels. If any department can do it, we're certain it's the Clarksburg Fire Department.

Today's editorial reflects the opinion of the Exponent editorial board, which is comprised of John G. Miller, JamesG. Logue, Kevin S. Courtney, Patrick M. Martin and J. Cecil Jarvis.

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