By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – City officials lauded Tupelo’s new lower fire rating during a press conference Thursday at City Hall.
The Mississippi State Rating Bureau last week announced that Tupelo’s fire protection had achieved a Class 4 rank. It’s an improvement from the Class 5 rank it had held the past 39 years.
City Chief Operations Officer Darrell Smith said Tupelo now will set its sights on a Class 3 rank. To get it, the city first must build a new water tower in west Tupelo.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. said plans for the tower, which were temporarily halted while the regional airport mulled its expansion plans, will soon resume.
The lower fire rating means the city offers superior fire protection and also typically means reduced insurance premiums for businesses and homeowners located within the city.