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Assistant Chief Mark Killian and others from the Williamsport Bureau of Fire accepting the FM Global grant on the morning of November 7. Photo courtesy of Gary Ryman

On November 7 at the Williamsport Fire Headquarters, FM Global representatives Gary Ryman and Nate Albrecht presented Assistant Chief Mark Killian and others from the Williamsport Bureau of Fire with a $3,000 fire prevention grant.

The funding will be used to purchase iPads that will be used to display pre-fire plans and response information in real time during emergencies, increasing efficiency.

Fire is a leading cause of property damage worldwide, and FM Global is one of the world's largest commercial property insurers. Over the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Previous recipients include Mount Pleasant Township VFC and Penn Hills Fire Marshal's Office.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president – 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.”

The Fire Prevention Grant Program grants 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.