Prior to 1985 the Harvey Volunteer Fire Company had a class 3 rating while the district was protected by a combination of paid and volunteer firefighters. In September of 1985 the Harvey Volunteer Fire Company #2 received its first “Class 2” fire insurance protection class rating in its history. Since then, the fire department has been rated every five years and has maintained its class 2, which is providing one of the lowest rates for the fire portion of property insurance policies. There are many factors taken into account such as manpower, training, water supply, communications, fire prevention, and the maintenance of all of the criteria throughout the rating period. The volunteer department has made major improvements in the last decade by increasing manpower and upgrading equipment. They have started better documentation and record keeping as well.
It should be noted in February the Jefferson Parish East Bank Consolidated Fire Department received a Class 1 rating and has done so over the last two decades. The department received a 94.06% on its last grading scale, the highest the department has ever scored.