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Peabody fire receives $2,000 grant to purchase portable lights

Posted by Ryan Mooney  October 23, 2012 12:58 PM

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Fire officials in Peabody will receive a $2,000 grant on Wednesday from FM Global Insurance Company for the purchase of portable LED lights that they say will aid in the fighting and investigation of fires at night.

According to Deputy Chief Richard Nelson, the lights are advantageous to fire investigators because they do not have to be hooked up to an apparatus, as larger units do.

"These are smaller units. If a fire knocked out the power inside the house, we'd be able to light it up on the interior," Nelson said. "At the moment we have to stretch things from the apparatus, or like if we have a bigger fire scene we can use the big kind of stuff like they use on the highways...it's much smaller scale stuff."

Nelson was unsure of how many units the city would be able to purchase with the money.

Jordan Collier, an FM Global representative, will present a check for the 2012 FM Global Fire Prevention Grant to Peabody fire officials during a brief ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Officials with FM Global could not immediately be reached, but a list of U.S. grant recipients on the company's website shows nine grants already awarded to Massachusetts fire departments, fire prevention programs and hospitals, totaling over $28,000. On the North Shore, the Beverly Fire Department has previously received $3,000 to purchase a computer and various software.

According to the company's website, fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations, can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts, including pre-fire planning for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, fire and arson prevention and investigation, and fire prevention education and training programs.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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