Forestry Commission Bolsters Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The South Carolina Forestry Commission received a $1,723.00 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representatives presented the award to the Commission’s Fire Chief Darryl Jones at the state agency’s headquarters on Broad River Road in Columbia.

The award will be used to assist in forest protection to help fire investigators more efficiently investigate and determine the cause of a fire, particularly where woods arson is suspected.

“The Commission appreciates FM Global’s commitment to public safety. These funds will allow us to purchase metal detectors and motion-sensitive cameras, important tools for detecting and arresting woods arsonists,” says Jones, who oversees both the law enforcement and wildland firefighting divisions of the Forestry Commission.

Jones says the metal detectors will help locate evidence, especially incendiary devices used to ignite fires. The cameras will allow staff to gather evidence over time in an area repeatedly targeted by an arsonist.

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 South Carolina-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.

For more than 175 years, many of the world’s largest organizations have turned to FM Global to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk. With clients in more than 130 countries, FM Global ranks #570 among FORTUNE magazine’s largest companies in America and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best and AA (Very Strong) by Fitch Ratings. The company has been named “Best Property Insurer in the World” by Euromoney magazine, “Best Global Property Insurer” by Global Finance magazine and was voted “Best Commercial Property Insurer” in Business Insurance’s 2010 annual Readers Choice Awards.

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