Los Angeles Fire Department Station No. 63 in Venice has received a $10,000 grant from insurance broker Swett & Crawford and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to purchase new specialty lockers for all 36 firefighters’ turn-out gear.

“We are very grateful for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Fireman’s Fund,” Fire Chief Millage Peaks said. “They have donated to many fire stations throughout the city and the donation of lockers to the fire station is another example of how the Fireman’s Fund have supported the fire department and the communities they serve.”

The grant money will be used to purchase specialty lockers made from high grade coated tubing and wire grid.

The new lockers will serve a variety of uses including, providing protection for expensive turnout gear, keeping turnout gear ready for response, providing security to firefighters’ turnouts, and allowing wet turnout gear to properly dry, preventing possible steam burns, according to the fire station.

The lockers will also help keep the fire station in a proper and orderly fashion, firefighters said.

“This grant package helps supplement our current budget and allows us to provide our crews with additional equipment,” Peaks said. “We are deeply appreciative for this gracious contribution to enhance the emergency services our crews provide to citizens in the community.”

Los Angeles firefighters and executives from Swett & Crawford and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company presented a check to Fire Station 63 during a ceremony Tuesday, December 1st.

“The items that come with this grant can be used by rescuers for years,” said Jason White of Swett & Crawford. “The firefighters will be safer with this gear and our company is very pleased to be able to help in this way.”

The grant package 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 departments.

Since 2004, the Fireman’s Fund has issued grants totaling more than $24 million to over 1,500 different departments. Independent insurance agencies like Swett & Crawford that sell Fireman’s Fund products are able to direct these grants to support fire stations in their communities.