In the aftermath of the EF5 tornado that tore through Oklahoma,
firefighters of the Moore Fire Department have had their work cut out
for them. Residents were devastated after the storm destroyed 1,000
homes, two schools and numerous businesses - including the Moore
Hospital, as well as severely damaging over 1,000 additional homes and
Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird was in Las Vegas on Monday to accept a
special $10,869 grant from Apollo General Insurance and Fireman's Fund
Insurance Company to purchase critical gear to support the town's
rebuilding efforts. The grant was awarded at the National Demolition
Convention taking place during this time.
The grant will fund personal protective equipment -- the most important
equipment a firefighter has when responding to an emergency. This gear
includes the fire-resistant clothing firefighters wear when responding
to incidents like fires or major vehicle crashes, protecting them from
exposure to chemicals, heat and flames. Specifically, this donation will
fund the purchase of new sets of coats, pants, helmets, gloves, hoods
"We are honored as a company to play a role in helping strengthen the
capabilities of the Moore Fire Department," said Andrew Torrance, CEO of
Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. "Fireman's Fund has a long, enduring
association with the values of the fire service that goes back more than
150 years. We are proud to have this opportunity to help the
firefighters in Oklahoma who continually put their lives on the line to
"Firefighters depend on this gear for protection in hot or toxic
environments such as fires," said Fire Chief Gary Bird. "This grant
enables us to provide a high level of service to our community and
satisfy our most basic mission: saving lives. We truly appreciate this
grant which came at a time of great need for our Fire Department."
Chief Bird spoke at a special grant presentation event during the
National Demolition Convention. Representatives from Apollo General and
Fireman's Fund formally presented the grant:
Date / Time
Exhibition Center3400 Las Vegas Boulevard SouthLas
Vegas, NV 89109
Funded by Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, this grant is part of a
nationwide philanthropic program, which is celebrating its 10th
anniversary this year. Founded in 1863 with a social mission to support
the fire service, Fireman's Fund today awards grants to fire service
organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and
community education programs. Since 2004, Fireman's Fund has awarded
grants to more than 2,100 different organizations totaling more than $31
million -- including more than $150,000 in Oklahoma. Independent
insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman's Fund products, like
Apollo General, are able to direct these grants to support the fire
Through this program, Apollo General Insurance Agency has directed over
$125,000 in grants to fire departments nationwide.
"We can't think of a better way to support the firefighters in Moore,"
said Bob Elster, president of Apollo General. "Purchasing the equipment
they need to support the community's rebuilding efforts can be
incredibly expensive, and we hope this grant will make a difference in
helping them get back on their feet."
To learn more about the grant program and other grants awarded in
Oklahoma, visit firemansfund.com/heritage.
To learn more about the rich history of Fireman's Fund, visit firemansfundtimeline.com.
About Apollo General
Apollo General was formed in 1965 as an independent agency with a goal
to write similar accounts that could one day benefit from the expanded
coverage and stable premiums afforded to members of a national insurance
program. Apollo stayed the course and today they offer several
industry-specific package programs designed for demolition, recycling,
crane & rigging contractors as well as messenger & couriers, custom
crush wineries and business owners. For additional information, visit www.apgen.com.
About Fireman's Fund Insurance Company
As a premier property and casualty insurance company, Fireman's Fund has
protected the future for its customers for more than 150 years. With
innovative products backed by superior claims and risk management
solutions, Fireman's Fund is a leader in high net worth, entertainment,
and commercial insurance. This year, the company celebrates the 10th
anniversary of its Heritage Program®. With a commitment to supporting
firefighters for safer communities, Fireman's Fund has donated more than
$31 million in grants to local fire departments across the United
States. Fireman's Fund is a member of the Allianz Group - one of the
world's largest insurance providers - and has a strong financial
foundation. For additional information, visit firemansfund.com.
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