The Santa Monica Fire Department has received a $5,045 donation from Kessler, a division of HUB International, and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to purchase new video equipment for training programs.

The fire department was presented the donation during an event at Fire Station 2 Feb. 1.

Santa Monica fire officials noted that the department is committed to comprehensive ongoing training for its rescuers.

The grant funding will provide a video camera, tripod, wireless microphones, a computer and video editing software to allow the department to create their own training videos, Deputy Chief Kent Coble said. The training program will cover procedures specific to the department including ladder rescues, forcible entry techniques and other specialized drills, he said.

“Firefighters put themselves in danger to protect the city every day,” said Deputy Chief Bruce Davis. “It’s critical they have the proper training to do their jobs safely. The result is a community whose residents and property are better protected.”

The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire department and burn prevention organizations.

Through this program, HUB International has directed over $600,000 in grants to fire departments nationwide. This is Kessler’s second grant to the Santa Monica Fire Department.

“Ensuring firefighters have the latest training is critical to the safety of the people in Santa Monica,” said Kenneth Kessler of Kessler. “We’re proud to be able to help in such a meaningful way, knowing so many people will ultimately benefit.”

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