City of Gonzales Fire Department continues on with Class 2 rating

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
The Class 2 rating was given by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) and approved by the Louisiana Insurance Commissioner.

The City of Gonzales Fire Department recently received word that an audit conducted has led to the continuation of a Class 2 rating for all commercial and residential properties within the city’s corporate limits. The evaluation was part of the Public Fire protection Classification system that is mandatory for all fire departments throughout Louisiana.

The continuation of a Class 2 rating means that residents and business owners will see no changes in insurance rates based upon specifics set out for fire protection classifications.

The Class 2 rating was given by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) and approved by the Louisiana Insurance Commissioner. All fire districts are graded on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 representing no fire protection and 1 being the best. Gonzales has been consistent in its rating for many years, and cannot receive higher than a Class 2 at this time due to low number of personnel employed by the department.

A variety of factors are considered in determining a district's grading such as the number of dispatchers on duty, the number of firefighters and fire trucks and the availability of water.

Fire Chief Tracey Normand was obviously pleased to see that no drop in classification had occurred.

“Everyone within the City of Gonzales Fire Department has stepped up to ensure that we operate as a well-tuned machine,” stated Chief Normand. “We would of course love to see a Class I rating given, but are confident that the only reason for our missing out on that rating is due to staffing numbers. As the city continues to grow, so will we as a department. We’re happy that rates will not go up, but are also aiming for the hiring of new employees to meet with the demands of population growth. With that comes the opportunity to reach a Class 1 rating, which would eventually mean lower rates for our home and business owners. I congratulate everyone within the City of Gonzales Fire Department on a job well done and wish to thank Mayor Barney Arceneaux and the City of Gonzales Council for their continued support in all of our efforts.”