BURBANK, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Burbank residents and firefighters will be safer thanks to another grant awarded by DeWitt Stern and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. The $15,000 grant allows the Burbank Fire Department to purchase new radios, enabling firefighters to better communicate with each other – and with other responding agencies – at the scene of an emergency.
“Giving back to the community is an important value that we share.”
When firefighters can clearly articulate instructions and commands, the community is better served. In addition, this grant helps improve firefighter safety, as poor communication is one of the leading causes of firefighter injuries and deaths.
Burbank Fire Department officials, firefighters, and executives from DeWitt Stern and Fireman’s Fund will come together for a special public event where the grant will be presented and the equipment will be demonstrated:
Date / Time
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Burbank Fire Headquarters
311 E. Orange Grove Avenue
Burbank, CA 91502
The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. This year, Fireman’s Fund celebrates its 150th anniversary. Founded in 1863 with a social mission to support the fire service, Fireman’s Fund today awards grants to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants to more than 1,900 different organizations totaling more than $30 million -- including more than $8.5 million in California. The Burbank Fire Department has received more than $400,000 through this grant program, which is more than any other fire department on the West Coast.
Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like DeWitt Stern, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service. Through this program, DeWitt Stern has directed over $800,000 in grants to fire departments nationwide -- including $257,000 to Burbank Fire.
“We are honored to support the fire service and the communities they serve in partnership with Fireman’s Fund,” said John Hamby, managing director of Dewitt Stern of California Insurance Services. “Giving back to the community is an important value that we share.”
“Supporting firefighters for safer communities was one the founding principles of Fireman’s Fund back in 1863,” adds Andrew Torrance, president and chief executive officer of Fireman’s Fund. “As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, we must not only reflect on the company’s many accomplishments, but we must look to the future and how we support the challenges faced by firefighters today. This grant does just that.”
To learn more about the grant program and other grants awarded in California, visit www.firemansfund.com/heritage. To learn more about the rich history of Fireman’s Fund, visit www.firemansfund.com/timeline or www.firemansfund.com/film.
About DeWitt Stern Insurance & Risk Advisory
DeWitt Stern is a privately held insurance brokerage and risk management firm specializing in business, personal, fine art, entertainment & media, employee benefit and executive liability insurance. For additional information, visit www.dewittstern.com.
About Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
Founded in 1863, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is a premier property and casualty insurance company providing personal and commercial insurance products backed by industry-leading claims and risk management solutions. Fireman’s Fund is a leader in high-net-worth, entertainment, and green insurance. Fireman’s Fund is a member of the Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest providers of property and casualty insurance, ranked 28th on Fortune’s Global 500 list of the world’s largest corporations. For additional information, visit www.firemansfund.com.