Oxford improves its fire rating

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Property owners may soon see lower premiums as a result of Oxford’s new Class 4 fire rating. The designation was awarded on Feb. 16.
Ty Windham, superintendent of the Public Protection Division of the Mississippi State Rating Bureau, said several factors were considered in Oxford’s enhanced score.
“Fire, water, building code and 911 communications are the four areas we look at,” he said. “They built a new station and added a ladder truck. They also changed the water system, with increased pressure in the area near the Square.”
Chief Mike Hill told city officials Tuesday night that Oxford’s previous Class 5 rating was in danger of deteriorating to Class 6 when the upgrade effort started several years ago.
“One of our goals was to lower the class rating without any additional cost,” he said.
The new status already has aldermen hoping for more.
“Do you have some ideas what it would take to get to Level 3?” asked Alderman-at-Large Johnny Morgan.
Hill joked that a million dollars would make it easy, then responded seriously, “I don’t think we can do it without [additional] manpower.”
City officials hope in the near future to build a new fire station that would consolidate the current No. 1 and No. 2 stations on North Lamar and by the Northgate entrance to the University of Mississippi campus. Eventually they hope also to build another station east of Highway 7.

Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@journalinc.com.