Wednesday, April 19, 2012
In the fire service, saving lives is only part of the job. Firefighters spend countless hours training and honing their skills to ensure they are prepared for any emergency. Community outreach is also critical, as an educated community with knowledge about fire risks can prevent many fires from occurring. In Wichita, the fire department is committed to both comprehensive, ongoing training for its firefighters and fire safety education for its residents.
To further these goals, Signature Select LLC, a subsidiary of IMA, Inc., providing small business and personal lines of insurance, partnered with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to donate $46,000 to the Wichita Fire Department to fund a training project and fire safety materials.
“Our firefighters put themselves in danger to protect Wichita’s residents every day,” said Fire Chief Billy Jack Wenzel. “It’s critical the firefighters have the proper training to fight fires safely and the community has the proper education to prevent fires. The result is a community whose residents and property are better protected.”
Wichita Fire Department officials, firefighters, and executives from IMA and Fireman’s Fund came together at the Wichita fire Department Regional Training Center for a special public event where the grant package was presented.
The grant 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 and burn prevention organizations. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to nearly 1,800 different organizations totaling more than $29 million. Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like Signature Select, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.