Personal protective clothing is critical for the safety of firefighters. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says the appropriate life-span for turnout gear is 10 years. In the midst of the economy, the Culver City Fire Department is struggling to find money in the budget the outdated clothing. Happily for all our fire fighters, the Elkins Jones Insurance Agency and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company are teaming up to award a $6,996 grant to the Culver City Fire Department for new turnout gear to protect rescuers during emergencies.
Turnout gear is the protective, fire-resistant clothing firefighters wear when responding to incidents like fires or major vehicle crashes. It protects them from exposure to chemicals, heat and flames. The new gear meets NFPA standards to ensure the department’s firefighters are properly protected. With the donation, Culver City will purchase four new sets of turnout gear. Each set consists of bunker pants, coats, hoods and boots.
“Without updated turnout gear, our firefighters are not able to safely protect our community,” said Battalion Chief David White. “The nature of the job is dangerous to begin with, but having the proper equipment helps us eliminate some of the risk.”
Fire officials, Culver City firefighters, and executives from Elkins Jones Insurance and Fireman’s Fund will come together for a special public event where the grant package will be presented Thursday, Sept. 23 at noon, at Helms Bakery, 8800 Venice Blvd.
The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provided needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire departments. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to more than 1,500 different departments totaling more than $26 million. Independent insurance agencies that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like Elkins Jones Insurance, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.