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Insurance Partners Teams With Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company To Provide Grant Aid For Geauga County Fire Investigation Team

RUSSELL TOWNSHIP, OHIO, November 2008 – Lieutenant Jim Bell, from the Russell Fire Department, is breathing a little easier today thanks to the efforts of Insurance Partners Agency. The Geauga County Fire Investigation Unit (GCFIU) received a grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company that allowed for the purchase of new respiratory and safety equipment. The grant was secured with the help of Sharon Francz from Insurance Partners, working closely with Christina Roderick from Fireman’s Fund, and many letters of support from the surrounding communities.

Lieutenant Bell had previously completed a research project on the Department’s need for respiratory protective equipment and other safety articles for the GCFIU team. This group, representing various departments in Geauga County, provides fire suppression, fire prevention, ALS EMS, technical rescue, hazardous material removal, dive team, fire investigation, and safety education services to the surrounding communities. His study found that the GCFIU was lacking some important equipment for their work.

Insurance Partners learned of the need, and contacted Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, to see what help they could offer through their “Heritage Bucket Brigade Grant Program,” a unique program that gives Fireman's Fund the opportunity to support firefighters in providing safer communities. After completing the nomination process and being chosen as a grant recipient by the selection committee, the department received the full amount requested. This money was used to outfit each team member of the GCFIU with an air purifying respirator and safety glasses, as well as a state-of-the-art multi-gas air monitoring meter for testing air quality at job sites.

According to George Dadas, President of Insurance Partners, “We are very pleased to have helped the Geauga County Fire Investigation Unit gain the support of Fireman’s Fund to outfit their team with the necessary equipment to battle the hazards of fire fighting and fire investigation. We are also happy to be able to partner with any organizations in the communities in which we serve.”


Receiving a check for a grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company for the purchase of new respiratory and safety equipment are (l to r) Vince "Buzz" Dugan (Fireman's Fund), Rob Volkmer (Insurance Partners), Christina Roderick (Fireman's Fund), Sharon Francz (Insurance Partners), Bill Reed, Director of the GCFIU (also Chief of Middlefield Township), Scott Hildenbrand, President of the Geauga County Fire Chiefs (also Chief of Hambden Township) and Lieutenant Jim Bell, Russell Fire Department, holding an Air Purifying Respirator that was purchased for all volunteers.

Scott Hildenbrand, President of the Geauga County Fire Chiefs holds a check for a Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company grant for the purchase of new respiratory and safety equipment. He is pictured with members of the GCFIU and with Fireman's Fund and Insurance Partners employees.

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