From an Alameda Fire Department press release:
Fireman’s Fund is donating $11,700 to the Alameda Fire Department to purchase air monitors that detect invisible yet deadly gases. The exposure to these gases is prevalent at all fires placing, citizens and firefighters at risk. Like many fire departments across the country, Alameda faces significant budget challenges that make it difficult to purchase life-saving equipment needed by firefighters to do their jobs safely and efficiently.
“The presence of toxic gases is one of the greatest hazards firefighters face because of their immediate and long-term health effects,” said Fire Chief Michael D’Orazi. “Once a fire is put out, items that were burnt continue to release deadly gases for an extended period of time putting firefighters and fire victims at risk.”
Fire Chief Michael D’Orazi, City of Alameda officials, firefighters and executives from Fireman’s Fund will come together today, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. at Fire Station No. 2 to present the grant.
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company was founded in 1863 with a mission to donate a portion of its profits to support the fire service. It continues that tradition today through the Heritage Program® by awarding grants to fire service organizations for needed equipment, firefighter training and communication education programs. Funding is allocated in partnership with its employees and independent insurance agents, who assist in the direction of the grants.