The Atascocita Fire Department earned a coveted safety ranking that could make property insurance premiums lower for residents in the Atascocita area once it becomes effective June 1.

The Atascocita Fire Department provides fire safety awareness, fire protection and prevention as well as emergency medical services to more than 80,000 residents in the Atascocita area.

The department was ranked as Class 1 in the Insurance Services Office's Public Protection Classification, meaning the department provides "superior property fire protection," according to the ISO website. The ISO, an insurance claims and analysis company, evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the U.S. Only 1% of fire departments earn the Class 1 ranking, according to a May 10 news release from AFD.

AFD Public Information Officer Jerry Dilliard said via email the certification means insurance companies will incorporate the classification into underwriting and pricing analysis for residential and commercial insurance premiums. The rating could attract more businesses to the Atascocita area, he said.

"All else being equal, it's quite reasonable for residential and commercial property owners in Atascocita to anticipate the cost of their property insurance to go down in the near future," he said.