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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -– New Hanover County Fire Rescue’s hard work has paid off with an improved fire rating. The news isn’t just beneficial for the department. It also helps residents in the unincorporated areas of the county.

If you live within the New Hanover County Fire District, you may be eligible for a discount on your insurance on July 1 thanks to the improved fire district ratings. Residents say they are excited about the savings. They think it will be good for the area’s growth.

“That will bring a lot of interested movers to the area,” Susan Ludlum said. “It will entice them to come and purchase a home here due to the lower insurance rates, and it’s really great for consumers who already live in the area.”

Most areas in the northern and southern portions of the county got a 4 rating, which means the department is better suited to respond to fires. New Hanover County Fire officials say consolidating departments was essential in making this new rating possible.

“This is one of the fundamental things that we argued up front that we would be able to do to provide an opportunity for folks who own property to save money on their fire insurance,” Fire Chief Donnie Hall said.

Residents say besides the discount on insurance rates, they are comforted to know the departments are working hard to keep the community safe.

“It is a comfort to know that fire people are on their toes and do care about the families that live in this area,” Ludlum said.

The discounts will vary depending on your insurance provider. Residents must ask their insurance company to implement the change after the new rating officially goes into effect July 1.

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