The Allentown Fire Department is in receipt of a nearly $3,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.
FM Global representatives presented the award yesterday to interim Chief Jim Wehr and Deputy Chief Efrain Agosto. It will be used to assist with fire investigations to help fire investigators more efficiently investigate and determine the cause of a fire through the purchase of iPads and software for department fire marshals.
“We are very grateful to FM Global for the grant award,” said Chief Wehr. “Equipment is a vital part of maintaining an efficient fire department right down to the little things out in the field and the software that saves time in record-keeping in the office.”
“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.