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Fire Service gets prevention grant

COVINGTON - The Newton County Fire Service received a $1,200 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses, based in Johnston, R.I.

FM Global representatives were scheduled to present the award Friday to the Newton County Fire Service at Fire Station No. 1 on Covington Bypass. The award will be used to help fire investigators more efficiently determine the cause of a fire.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of commercial and industrial property damage worldwide, FM Global has contributed millions of dollars to fire services and related agencies around the globe working to prevent fire for more than three decades. The company has awarded grants to a number of Georgia-based organizations.

"At FM Global, we believe the majority of property damage is preventable - not inevitable - and we are pleased to make funding available to organizations like the Newton County Fire Service, that share the same philosophy," said Michael Spaziani, manager of FM Global's Fire Prevention Grant Program. "After all, it's much better to prevent a disaster than to recover from one."

FM Global's competitive Fire Prevention Grant Program (www.fmglobal.com/grants) 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 greatest impact on preventing, preparing for and controlling fire in the community.