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DC Fire & EMS Department Receives Large Donation to Expand Their Community Outreach Program

This story comes to us from Pete Piringer of the D.C. Fire Department: 

It is often said that education is our most powerful tool.  Fire safety education programs, which teach people how to prevent fires and how to react in the event of an emergency, are extremely powerful in preventing avoidable injury and even death. In order to better educate their community around fire-safety, the DC Fire & EMS Department will expand their current education program.

Fireman’s Fund is donating $16,000 to the DC Fire & EMS Department so they may purchase fire safety training equipment, including audio and visual training equipment and “take home” fire safety brochures.

The fire-safety education will start in the department’s new “Kids Corner” of the DC Fire and EMS museum, located on the top floor of Engine Co. 3 on Capitol Hill. One of the department’s specific hopes is that this education will help eliminate fires started by children, many of whom find themselves at home without supervision after school. With funding from this grant, the department expects to educate up to 12,000 DC school children each year.

“With the current economic times, it has been financially difficult to provide important fire-safety education to the District’s youth,” said Fire Chief Dennis Rubin. “Because of this donation, we are able to continue to provide education that could save lives.”

The grant package is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.  The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire departments.  Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to over 1,500 different departments totaling more than $26 million.

As part of this initiative, every employee is able to nominate a fire department for a grant. Bill Holley, Assistant Vice President of Community and Industry Affairs at Fireman’s Fund, nominated the DC Fire & Ems Department for this grant. 

“I am happy to direct this grant to a fire department that is taking action to go above and beyond in caring for the safety of their community,” said Holley.