Fire rating improves in Columbus

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A new ranking for the Columbus Fire Department could mean reduced insurance rates for home and business owners.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the Mississippi Rating Bureau has rated Columbus a “four,” up from the “five” rating it’s held for three decades.

Columbus joins other Mississippi cities ranked four on a scale of 10, with 10 being the lowest rating. The other cities include Biloxi, Gulfport, Tupelo, Greenwood, Meridian and Hattiesburg.

Mayor Robert Smith said the new rating could mean savings for property and business owners.