AUGUST 24, 2005 -- Wilmington fire officials say the department's new ranking should mean savings for home owners and businesses.
The department is one of six in the state to win a class 2 ranking from state inspectors. The ranking means the department can quickly respond to fires, and it results in lower property insurance rates.
Assistant Fire Chief Frank Blackley says the department is consistently one of the top ranked in the state.
Greensboro is the only department in the state ranked class 1.