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Local Fire Marshal’s Office Receives Grant

The Alexander County Fire Marshal’s Office was awarded a $2,095 grant from FM Global. On July 11, emergency services staff was presented a plaque recognizing the grant award by Betsy White, Engineering Specialist with FM Global.

Fire Marshal Mark Earle said the grant, which requires no local matching funds, is being used to purchase fire investigation equipment including hand tools, battery-operated equipment, measuring devices, and flagging material.

He also said that the office plans to utilize this equipment to better determine the origin and causes of fires, which will help educate the public and prevent future fires.

FM Global is an American mutual insurance company based in Rhode Island specializing in commercial loss prevention services throughout the world. FM Global provides fire prevention grants every quarter awarding millions of dollars in funding for departments and related agencies worldwide. Their goal through the grant is to partner with agencies in preventing the frequency and severity of fire.