Springfield Fire Department insurance rating slips


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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