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Sanibel fire to bolster fire prevention efforts with grant

By Staff | Oct 2, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Fire and Rescue District Firefighter-Paramedic Mike Martin, Fire Chief Matt Scott and FM Global Field Representative Chuck Verbosky.

The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District has received a $3,090 fire prevention grant from commercial property insurer FM Global.

Representatives recently presented the award to Fire Chief Matt Scott and Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Martin at the district’s headquarters. The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings. The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

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. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Florida-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president and manager of the fire prevention grant program, said. “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 program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments – plus national, state, regional and local 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 cause.