Fire inspectors group to bolster prevention efforts with global grant

TAYLOR – The Michigan Fire Inspectors Society has received a $4,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a leading property insurer of the world’s largest businesses based in Johnston, R.I.
Company representatives presented the award to Fire Marshal John Hager of the Taylor Fire Department on Aug. 6. Hager, who wrote the grant, is on the executive board for the statewide organization. He designed a fire-prevention calendar that is currently in the printing phase.
Hager said 21,000 calendars will be distributed to fire departments throughout the state of Michigan and then be given away free of charge. He said the award to the society will be used to help fund the calendars in an effort to help educate the communities and reduce the number of fires and injuries due to fires across the state.
“It has been a very interesting experience and a lot of work in the designing, raising the funds and the printing process, but if it saves one life or prevents one fire within the city of Taylor or any other community, then it was well worth every minute,” Hager said.
Michigan Fire Marshal Ron Farr said the calendar will educate and increase awareness.
“Most fires and fire-related injuries are attributed to a lack of fire-safety knowledge, disregarding safety procedures or simply using poor judgment during a fire emergency,” Farr said. “The Michigan Fire Inspectors Society’s 2010 Fire Prevention calendar will raise the level of fire-safety awareness to each and every recipient.”
Because fire continues to be the leading cause of commercial and industrial property damage worldwide, FM Global for more than three decades has contributed millions of dollars to fire services and related agencies around the globe working to prevent fire. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Michigan-based organizations.
“At FM Global, we believe the majority of property damage is preventable — not inevitable — and we are pleased to make funding available to organizations, like the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, that share the same philosophy,” said Michael Spaziani, manager of FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program. “After all, it’s much better to prevent a disaster than to recover from one.”
FM Global’s highly competitive Fire Prevention Grant Program 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 greatest impact on preventing, preparing for and controlling fire in the community.