The city of Bessemer has scheduled its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade.
The city’s Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at 6 p.m. in DeBardeleben Park. This is the third year the city has sponsored a Tree Lighting. There will be music, treats and prize drawings.
The Bessemer City High School Choir will perform Christmas Carols.
Then on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, the city of Bessemer’s Annual Christmas Parade will take place. The parade is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in Historic Downtown Bessemer.
The theme of this year’s parade is a “A Disney Christmas”. The Grand Marshals for the parade will be Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Tiana and the Frog, Elsa and Olaf.
Contact the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce if you or your organization would like to participate by dailing (205) 425-3253 or 1-888-423-7736.
The new Bessemer Recreation Center is slated to open on Tuesday, Sept. 6!
Early registration for membership will start on Monday, Aug. 22 and last thru Friday, Sept. 2, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A valid driver's license or some form of identification is required for registration.
For more information, please call the Recreation Center at 205-425-0655.
The fee structure is as follows:
The City of Bessemer’s businesses and residents stand to save on insurance costs as a result of a new Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification for the city.
The City of Bessemer Fire Department is pleased to report that their Public Protection Classification (PPC) will be reclassified from a Class 4 to a Class 1.
For over 30 years, the City of Bessemer’s PPC classification has held steady at Class 4. After many years of improvements in the Fire Department, Water Department and the Public Safety Dispatch Center, the Insurance Services Office re-evaluated the City of Bessemer’s services and determined that they have improved sufficiently to earn the PPC Classification of “1”. The ISO ranking scale is based on a 1 – 10 ranking with a Class 1 designation representing an exemplary fire suppression program and the highest recognition a department can receive.
ISO currently rates over 48,000 fire departments within the United States and of those only 179 are ISO Class 1 cities. ISO currently rates over 1,550 fire departments within Alabama and of those, only four have an ISO “1” classification. The City of Bessemer will be the first city in Jefferson County to receive an ISO “1” classification.
According to the Insurance Service Office, ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers – including the largest ones – use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or prices for personal or commercial property insurance.”
This Class 1 designation not only compliments the Bessemer Fire Department for its preparedness to provide safety and security, it also saves Bessemer’s citizens and businesses money. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC.
The new Public Protection Classification will go into effect August 1st, 2016.