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A Pledge for Fire Safety Earns Ten U.S. Communities $10,000 Grants Each from Liberty Mutual Insurance

Posted on 20 Nov 11

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

Liberty Mutual today announces the winning cities and towns in its third annual Be Fire Smart Fire Safety Pledge program, which awards $10,000 each to those communities' fire departments for rallying their residents to visit  between September 1 and October 31 and to complete an online fire safety quiz.  In total, nearly 80,000 Americans improved their fire safety knowledge and pledged their commitment to home fire safety on behalf of more than 4,000 local fire departments. 

The winning fire departments, which competed against others in their population division, are:

Large communities (greater than 100,000 residents)

  • Lexington (Ky.) Division of Fire & Emergency Services

  • Norfolk (Va.) Fire-Rescue

Midsize communities 

  • Bridgewater (Mass.) Fire Department

  • Caledonia (Mich.) Fire Rescue

  • Covington (Ky.) Fire Department

  • Middleton (Wis.) Fire District

  • Weymouth (Mass.) Fire Department

  • Wilmington (Mass.) Fire Department

Small communities (less than 10,000 residents)

  • Denair (Calif.) Volunteer Fire Department

  • Merrimac (Mass.) Fire Department

"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."