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CCFES gets prevention grant

CCFES Chief Landry Merkison and members of his department accept donation check from FM Global. (Special Photo)

CCFES Chief Landry Merkison and members of his department accept donation check from FM Global. (Special Photo)

RIVERDALE — An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes.

In this case, $3,650 could save hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage due to fires.

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services got a $3,650 grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. The money will be used to help with fire prevention activities to reduce the number of fires in the community through education.

Officials said fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide. FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in grants during the past 35 years, including to Georgia-based organizations.

Michael Spaziani, manager of the fire prevention grant program at FM Global, said the company is pleased to help agencies with limited funding to provide proactive programs.

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

Clayton County fire Chief Landry Merkison said the department is thankful for the donation.

“I am thankful for FM Global’s commitment to fire prevention and their generosity in awarding this grant to our agency,” he said. “This will go a long way in helping us continue our existing programs, as well as, lay the foundation for some new ones.”