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August 24, 2013

Weatherford Fire Dept. to bolster fire prevention efforts with FM Global grant

The Weatherford Fire Department has received a $2,100 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representative Joyce Dunkerley recently presented the award to Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins, Fire Chief Paul Rust and Deputy Fire Marshal Dee Sosebee at the fire administration building located at 202 W. Oak St. The grant will be used to assist with costs associated with certified training requirements for fire inspectors in the fire prevention division of Weatherford Fire Department.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 35 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 Texas-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, 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 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 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, or to apply for a grant, please visit www.fmglobal.com/grants.

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