CENTRAL FALLS, R.I.—On Wednesday, December 17, The Central Falls Fire Department received a fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.
A FM Global representative presented the award to Central Falls Fire Department Chief Robert Bradley and Mayor James Diossa at Central Falls City Hall in Council Chambers. 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.
“We are very appreciative to FM Global for the commitment they have made to the Central Falls Fire Department. This grant will allow the Fire Department to take a proactive approach to fire and arson prevention and make the community of Central Falls safer for residents,” said Mayor James Diossa and Fire Chief Robert Bradley in a joint statement.
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 Rhode Island-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.