EVERETT, WA – The City of Everett Fire Department has received a US$2,417 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.
GM Global representatives presented the award to Assistant Fire Marshal William Armstrong. The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in the community to help educate the community and reduce the number of fires.
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.
“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.”
The mission of the Everett Fire Department’s Fire Marshal's Office (FMO) is to protect life and property by preventing fires and other emergencies before they happen. “Far too often, these fires have endangered our communities by destroying businesses and homes, and worst of all, injuring or taking the lives of our fellow citizens,” says Fire Marshal Kurtis Brown. AFM Armstrong adds, “many fires can be prevented by educating the public about safe practices and eliminating hazardous conditions. This kind of education can have a direct impact on saving lives and reducing the losses caused by fires.” The grant money will be used to improve fire safety education for our Everett community.