City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department Receives FM Global Grant - Daily Hudson Valley News

City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department Receives FM Global Grant

Aug 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles

City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department to Bolster
Fire Prevention Efforts with FM Global Grant

The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department has received a $1,449 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representatives presented the award to Mayor John C. Tkazyik and Fire Chief Mark Johnson on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. The award will be used to assist with fire investigations to help fire investigators more efficiently investigate and determine the cause of a fire.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 35 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 York-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, 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.”

Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants quarterly 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.

Mayor John C. Tkazyik said, “This grant will be especially useful to the City of Poughkeepsie in investigating fires, especially those that are tagged as suspicious. We need to determine a specific cause to fires in the City and this grant will allow us to do so effectively.”

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program, please visit


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