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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2013



Fireman's Fund Marks 150th Anniversary and More Than $650,000 in Grants to FDNY.

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company has partnered with CMJ Underwriters, Taylor and Taylor Associates, Inc., and Wells Fargo Insurance Services, to award $61,133 in grants to the FDNY on Wednesday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randalls Island. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, has awarded more than $30 million in grants to more than 1,900 different organizations, including over $650,000 awarded the FDNY.

“Few organizations have supported the fire service for as long and with as much enthusiasm as Fireman’s Fund,” said Commissioner Cassano.  “The generous grants from Fireman’s Fund and its agencies – including the latest grants from CMJ Underwriters, Taylor & Taylor Associates and Wells Fargo Insurance Services – have been a tremendous help to the Department; enhancing the training our members receive, supporting the fire safety education we provide to the public, and helping to educate our future Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics at the FDNY High School.”

“As we celebrate our company’s 150th anniversary this year, we also look to the future. With these grants, we honor the fire service and support initiatives that help firefighters overcome the modern challenges they face,” added Kevin Walker, Chief Financial Officer of Fireman’s Fund. “This is an important milestone that is not just about cutting a check, but about supporting those who do so much every day to keep us all safe.”

In total, $61,133 in grants is being awarded to Fire Department stations and programs:

  • Engine 265/Ladder 121/Battalion 47 and EMS Station 47, in the Rockaways, will be directed $25,000 by CMJ Underwriters. This firehouse and EMS station, which was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy, will use the funds to purchase a forcible entry simulator and training tools, as well as fitness equipment. The forcible entry simulator is a large, sturdy door and frame combination that gives firefighters hands-on experience at forcing open locked or otherwise blocked doors and repeated practice on this tool increases the Firefighters’ speed of entry, saving valuable time during emergencies. CMJ Underwriters has previously directed $ 96,915 in four grants to the FDNY.
  • The FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety in East New York, Brooklyn, will be receiving a $15,506 grant, directed by Taylor and Taylor Associates, Inc. All FDNY High School graduates complete a rigorous academic program that emphasizes leadership and strength as core values along with the academic and physical skills necessary for emergency responders. The school strives to introduce its students to future careers with the FDNY, either as Firefighters, Paramedics, or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Taylor and Taylor Associates, Inc. has previously directed $170,321 in six grants to the FDNY including $98,524 to the FDNY High School.
  • The FDNY Fire Zone and EMS Station 50 in Astoria, Queens, will be receiving a shared $20,627 in funds directed by Wells Fargo Insurance Services.  The FDNY Fire Zone is a fire-safety education center, where children can learn about the dangers of fire, try on Firefighter bunker gear, and learn how to escape a fire. EMS Station 50 saved the life of a member of the Wells Fargo family in 2009 and now the company is directing to that station a donation for EMS equipment, which will help to further enhance emergency response and improve patient care.  Wells Fargo Insurance Services previously directed $6,215 in a single grant to the FDNY.


Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Fireman’s Fund Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Walker; President of Taylor & Taylor Associates, Inc., Scott Taylor; Vice President of Claims for CMJ Underwriters, Tony Cucinell; Managing Director of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., Mark Englert


FDNY Fire Academy, Building 9 Auditorium, Randall’s Island, NY


Wednesday, June 12, 2013 – 11 a.m.

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Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056


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