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St. Johns County Fire Rescue Receives Donation for Water Rescue Equipment
St. Johns County Fire Rescue Receives Donation for Water Rescue Equipment

St. Johns County has 42 miles of beaches, the Atlantic Intercoastal waterway, the St. Johns River, and numerous lakes, ponds and tributaries.  Over the past several years, St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SFCFR) has cross-trained firefighters to be able to respond to water rescues. During this process, many new and necessary pieces of equipment have been purchased to support the water rescue team. Brown & Brown and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company are teaming up to award $5,000 to St. Johns County Fire Rescue to fund the purchase of necessary aquatic response equipment and public training supplies.

“With these funds, we hope to further enhance this program by improving our response capabilities and enhancing our public education efforts around beach and water safety,” said Chief Carl Shank.

St. Johns County’s rescue team will purchase: A new galvanized trailer for their 18 foot rescue boat, six handheld portable GPS devices to be used on all SJCFR vessels when responding to emergencies, and public education supplies and safety handouts.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue officials, firefighters, and executives and employees from Brown & Brown and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company will come together for a special public event where the grant package will be formally presented.
                                               
The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire departments. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to more than 1,800 different departments totaling more than $28 million. Independent insurance agencies that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like Brown & Brown, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.

“We are honored to be able to give back to the local community in such a tangible way,” said Chris Fulton with Brown & Brown. “These firefighters risk their own lives to save others, and they deserve the best equipment possible to work with.

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