The Santa Monica Fire Department has received a $22,500 grant from DeWitt Stern and the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to help support the department’s bicycle medic program.
The grant, which was presented July 30, is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Fire officials note that during special events and with large crowds, emergency response can be difficult for first responders. Funding from the grant will help provide specially outfitted bicycles, uniforms, saddle bags and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) that allow trained EMS teams to respond to medical emergencies faster and keep participants safe, fire officials said.
“It’s critical that our firefighters have the tools and training to provide the best service possible to the community,” said Capt. Michael McElvaney. “We are extremely thankful for this grant. This truly enables us to provide an increased level of service to the community and our visitors.”
The Fireman’s Fund awards grants to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs. Since 2004, the fund has awarded grants to more than 1,900 different organizations totaling more than $30 million, including more than $8.5 million in California.
Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, such as DeWitt Stern, are able to direct the grants to support the fire service. Through the program, DeWitt Stern has directed over $780,000 in grants to fire departments nationwide.
“We are honored to support the Santa Monica Fire Department in such a meaningful way, knowing so many people will ultimately benefit from this program,” said John Hamby of DeWitt Stern.