Fire Fighters Association of Missouri

Johnson County Receives $2,500 FM Global Grant

From left to right: Chad Hildebrand, Larry Jennings, FM Global’s Kayla Works, Kirby Carroll, Christa Cox, Johnson County Fire Investigation Unit President Ken Jennings, Jeremy VanWey, unit Secretary Joe Jennings, and unit Vice President Andrew Oglesby.

The Johnson County Fire Investigation Unit received a $2,500 fire prevention grant from FM Global, a commercial property insurer.

FM Global representatives presented the award to the Johnson County Fire Investigation Unit at Warrensburg Fire Department, Station 2 in Warrensburg on November 28. The award will be used to buy equipment to help fire investigators more efficiently investigate and determine the cause of a fire. The unit is comprised of multiple agencies that operate within Johnson County: Warrensburg Fire Department, Warrensburg Police Department, Johnson County Fire Protection District, Johnson County Fire Protection District 2, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Knob Noster Fire Department, Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Conservation Department, Missouri State Park Rangers and the University of Central Missouri-Public Safety.

“The unit’s multi-agency, multi-discipline approach, facilitates a more effective means of conducting fire investigations by combining resources and expertise,” states unit President Ken Jennings. Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past forty years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” a company spokesman, Michael Spaziani, said. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”