Fire Department Wins Grant
NEWTON, NC (March 7, 2018)—The City of Newton Fire Department recently received a $2,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.
The award will be used to assist with prefire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings with iPads and related technology. The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.
“Our firefighters rely on having detailed information about the industrial, commercial, and public buildings they may need to enter during an emergency,” Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said. “This grant from FM Global will cover the cost of additional iPads that will allow firefighters to view floor plans, locations of hazardous substances, and other important information before they enter a building. We are thankful for this support from FM Global.”
Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of North Carolina-based organizations.
“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president-manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”
Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.
To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service, please visit www.fmglobal.com/fireservice.
Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 500 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.