10 Communities Receive Grants for their Fire Departments from Liberty Mutual

Residents in 10 communities earned $10,000 to support their local fire departments by taking Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Fire Safety Pledge and completing an online fire safety quiz.

“This program is an extension of our responsibility as a leading home insurer to help families protect their homes and possessions, or to recover after a devastating fire, by enabling communities and their local fire service to unite in a common effort to become more fire-smart,” said Greg Gordon, senior vice president of consumer marketing at Liberty Mutual. “We applaud these efforts by rewarding local fire departments with desperately needed funding to put towards education programs, upgraded equipment, or any other service that will help them keep their local families more secure.”

Tight fire department budgets across the nation have resulted in cutbacks in services, training and equipment and even the closure of some fire stations. But for 10 communities, local residents and Liberty Mutual Insurance have teamed up to earn the fire department a much-needed $10,000 grant.

The winning cities and towns in Liberty Mutual’s third annual Be Fire Smart Fire Safety Pledge program are:

  • Large communities (greater than 100,000 residents) – Lexington (Ky.) Division of Fire & Emergency Services and Norfolk (Va.) Fire-Rescue
  • Mid-size communities – Bridgewater (Mass.) Fire Department, Caledonia (Mich.) Fire Rescue, Covington (Ky.) Fire Department, Middleton (Wis.) Fire District, Weymouth (Mass.) Fire Department and Wilmington (Mass.) Fire Department
  • Small communities (less than 10,000 residents) – Denair (Calif.) Volunteer Fire Department and Merrimac (Mass.) Fire Department
More than 80,000 Americans improved their fire safety knowledge and pledged their commitment home fire safety at www.BeFireSmart.com on behalf of more than 4,000 local fire departments. The site offers resources designed to help families discuss home fire safety and prevention. Games, tips to create a home fire escape plan and a room-by-room guide to preventing fire hazards all are available on the site. Additionally, kids can benefit from the interactive fire safety quizzes and a downloadable coloring book that teaches the importance of never hiding from a firefighter during an emergency. The site also offers educators classroom lesson plans and resources for fire fighters.

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