8/22/2013 9:40:00 PM It's time to renew rural fire protection contracts
Rural Perkins residents are reminded it's time to renew their Rural Fire Protection Plan.
Perkins Fire Chief Joe Barta said the enrollment fee is $100 per year and applications can be download from the City of Perkins website www.cityofperkins.net. Each non-attached property will need a separate contract.
Barta said there is a $500 minimum charge for fire calls and under the contract, the maximum charge will be $1,500, plus materials or damages incurred.
Those who do not have the contract will be billed a $500 minimum charge, but no maximum limit.
For example, one property owner may have a dozen houses on a 40-acre tract, which would be covered on one contract.
However, another property owner may also have 40 acres in two or three separate tracts; these would all require separate contracts.
Barta also explained a property owner who is covered under the new contract would be billed a maximum of $1,500.
Barta also advises rural residents talk to their insurance agent to check their coverage.
"We sent messages to as many local insurance companies as we could, so they can advise their customers," he said. "Most insurance will cover $500 for a run fee; riders can cover up to $1,500 or more."
Barta said property owners will be billed within 30 days of a fire response.
"After 30 days, we'll send a reminder, and after 60 days, the bill will be turned over to the city's collection agency."
For more information about the Rural Fire Protection Program, visit www.cityofperkins.net, then look for "Fire Department" under the "Departments" button, visit the fire department's page on Facebook, or call Barta at (405) 547-2045.