PROSPECT PARK, N.J.—The Prospect Park Fire Department has received a US$1,800 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. 

FM Global representatives presented the award to Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah, the Municipal Council, Fire Safety Director Daniel Cabrera and Members of the Prospect Park Fire Department at the Prospect Park Municipal Building located on 106 Brown Avenue in Prospect Park, NJ. The award will be used to assist with pre-incident planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings.  The information will help the fire service respond in an emergency situation.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of New Jersey-based organizations.

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“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.”

“As a former volunteer firefighter, I understood firsthand every day, how fires devastate homes and businesses across all communities, causing property damage and disrupting quality of life,” said Mayor Mohamed Khairullah. “Without proper fire safety knowledge and prevention, property risks will continue to increase. Therefore, we remain committed to acquiring all the necessary resources for our members at PPFD and the Fire Prevention Bureau  as we have done so thanks to the partnership and support of organizations such as FM Global to promote and improve fire prevention and public safety strategies in our Borough,” Mayor Khairullah added.

“We are grateful for the support and partnership of FM Global as the grant will help strengthen fire prevention efforts throughout the Borough,” said Fire Safety Director Daniel Cabrera. PPFD will utilize the funds for the purchase of iPads and laptops. “The additional funding indeed demonstrates our goal to actively research and innovate within our department in order to increase community awareness and prevent fires—the leading cause of property destruction worldwide,” Director Cabrera emphasized. 

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards 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. 

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service, please visit www.fmglobal.com/fireservice

Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 500 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.