Why Partner With Rural/Metro Fire?
Rural/Metro is the national leader in private fire protection services to dozens of unincorporated communities around the nation, including several in Arizona, Tennessee and Oregon. We’re a private company dedicated to finding the most cost-effective ways to deliver the highest quality emergency medical and fire-protection services. Rural/Metro Fire is not supported by taxes and requires residential and commercial properties to establish a membership.
Insurance agents, underwriters, real estate agents, developers, and HOA Managers can register today and have access to the following on our partner portal:
- Property status
- Sales and marketing tools
- Market facts
- Territory maps
- Important updates for Rural/Metro Fire Partners and much more!
Insurance Agents & Underwriters
Properties that establish membership with Rural/Metro Fire qualify for the applicable Public Protection Class rating and the premium credit for fire protection service can be applied to a policyholder's coverage plan.
Property and casualty insurers hold the responsibility to ensure appropriate use of the fire protection service credit and that it is applied only when an active membership status has been confirmed on the property.
Non-members are assigned a Class 10 rating and because they are not applicable to receive the service credit, the impact on premiums at which the property insurance policy is written can be significant to these non-member policyholders.
Real Estate Agents and Brokers
Under the buyer agency relationship and agreement, the buyer agent owes fiduciary duties to the buyer including fidelity, honesty, dedication to purpose, acting in the buyer's best interests. When a fiduciary relationship exists, the law forbids the fiduciary from acting in any manner adverse or contrary to the interests of the client, or from acting for his/her own benefit in relation to the subject matter. The client is entitled to the best efforts of the fiduciary, who must exercise all of the skill, care and diligence at his/her disposal when acting on behalf of the client. Full disclosure of properties that fall within a Rural/Metro Fire service area is encouraged. Failure to do so may result in a claim alleging breach of fiduciary duty.
If applicable, sellers may be issued a letter of credit to be submitted to the closing agency, if notification is given to Rural/Metro Fire prior to property closing. The amount may then be applied to the buyer’s contract when new fire service is established. A seller may choose to take their credit to their new home if within Rural/Metro’s service area, rather than transfer it to the buyer at closing.
Learn more about the Rural/Metro Fire Partner Program and the options available to drive acquisition and profitability. Click here to request more information.