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Springfield Fire Department insurance rating slips

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Springfield, Ill. (AP) -- The Springfield Fire Department's insurance rating has dropped a notch.

 

Mayor Mike Houston says that's because of longer response times in rapidly growing parts of the state capital.

 

The Insurance Services Office lowered the rating from Class 2 to Class 3.

 

Houston says the change is expected to have "very little impact" on the community.

 

To earn back its Class 2 rating, the city would have to increase the number of fire stations.

 

Houston says there are no current plans to add to the city's 12 stations.

 

Before 2003, Springfield had a Class 1 rating, the highest possible from the Insurance Services Office.

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