Rockford Fire Department to bolster fire prevention efforts with grant

Excited to get started on their activity books provided by the Rockford Fire Department are photo at left (l–r) Brooklyn Vincent, 5, Kenneth Vincent, 3, Alexys Phillips, 4, and Derek Phillips, 8. The activity books are made possible by a fire prevention grant recently awarded

Excited to get started on their activity books provided by the Rockford Fire Department are photo at left (l–r) Brooklyn Vincent, 5, Kenneth Vincent, 3, Alexys Phillips, 4, and Derek Phillips, 8. The activity books are made possible by a fire prevention grant recently awarded

The Rockford Fire Department received a $1,500 fire prevention grant recently from FM Global, a leading property insurer of the world’s largest businesses based in Johnston, R.I. FM Global representatives presented the award to assist with fire prevention activities in the community to help educate the community and reduce the number of fires. Among the fire prevention efforts the grant allows is the publication and free distribution of child fire safety activity books.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of commercial and industrial property damage worldwide, FM Global has contributed millions of dollars to fire services and related agencies around the globe working to prevent fire for more than three decades. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Michigan-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we believe the majority of property damage is preventable—not inevitable—and we are pleased to make funding available to organizations, like the Rockford Fire Department, that share the same philosophy,” said Michael Spaziani, manager of FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program. “After all, it’s much better to prevent a disaster than to recover from one.”

FM Global’s highly competitive Fire Prevention Grant Program (www.fmglobal.com/grants) awards grants quarterly 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 greatest impact on preventing, preparing for and controlling fire in the community.

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