Two hundred or so Ocean Shores homeowners may see their fire insurance rates increase dramatically over the next year.

The situation involves the city’s unmanned second fire station, about 1.2 miles west of Damon Point on Marine View Drive, and the difficulty in attracting and retaining volunteer firefighters in a small town where the average age is in the high 50s.

However, the south fire station “is not currently meeting minimum criteria to retain the PC rating of the community. Six volunteer firefighters living within five road miles of the station are required to meet minimum criteria. Properties within five road miles of only this station will have their PC rating changed to a PC 9A rating if this issue is not resolved.”

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