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Fireman's Fund Donates Grant to Novato Fire for Protective Gear

Outfits will help district start up its reserve program for young firefighter candidates as soon as this summer.

Novato-based has issued more than $26 million in grants in the past seven years for firefighting equipment and educational tools to departments all over the country, and the graciously accepted another one of those gifts on Thursday.

The district is looking to implement a reserve firefighter program and was in the market to purchase new gear that meets safety standards. So Fireman’s Fund stepped up and donated $10,750 to its crosstown district during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at Station 62 on Atherton Avenue.

“We are grateful for this donation, as it supports our Reserve Firefighter Program and enhances our ability to serve the community,” Fire Chief Marc Revere said.

District board members, fire personnel and Fireman’s Fund officials were on hand as the grant package was presented. Fireman’s Fund employees Laura Eipp and Tom Ryan nominated Novato Fire for the grant.

“I truly appreciate the work Novato Fire does to keep us all safe,” Eipp said. “I am honored to be able to direct this grant so those who risk their lives to keep our community safe have the proper equipment.”

Revere said it costs about $1,500 per firefighter for protective personal equipment that fends off flames. The grant will allow the district to buy six sets of jackets with high-tech coatings, helmets, gloves and pants. He said the life expectancy for such sets is about five years.

“We have no skin showing when we’re really in there fighting a fire, and the protection of those outfits is critical,” Revere said.

The reserve program, expected to start this summer, would be an extension of the Scout Explorer program that is already under way for young people about 15-20 years of age, the chief said. Having three to seven young reserves would help them learn about leadership and responsibility and can really help with future recruiting for full-time firefighters because “we can teach skills to local kids and have the opportunity to look at them develop for a long time,” Revere said.

Reserves could be called upon to be a fourth participant on a three-person engine company and would allow the district to participate in more community events without as much concern about personnel at such events when emergency calls come in, he said.

Fireman’s Fund, based at 777 San Marin Drive, is a property and casualty insurance company providing personal and commercial insurance products nationwide. It is a member of the Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest providers of insurance and financial services. For more information, visit www.firemansfund.com.

To visit Fireman’s Fund’s “Supporting Firefighters” Facebook page, go to facebook.com/SupportingFirefighters.

Jerry February 12, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Once again Fireman's Fund steps up to community service. Way to go!
Tom Ryan February 13, 2011 at 04:19 PM
One of the great things about working for Fireman’s Fund is an employee’s ability to support the fire service. Laura and I feel fortunate to be able to give this grant to the firefighters that support our community. These men and woman are here supporting our family and friends every day. It is a great feeling to be able to do something to support them. Our community is very lucky to have such a skilled and dedicated fire department. Tom
Beverly Carrino February 13, 2011 at 04:30 PM
That was truly a very wonderful event. I was able to be there with my leadership class I wish all the pictures were in there. There was a whole group of fireman's fund employees and their families little ones that had their picture taken on the truck, including Leadership. Those firefighter's are the best and thanks to Fireman's Fund they have some personal equipment they really need. Way to go is right.

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