On Thursday, August 28th, Momentous Insurance Brokerage made a grant to the Five Cities Fire Authority in Arroyo Grande, CA. The donation will be used to purchase a new customized Ford Interceptor SUV that will serve as a mobile command center, and a 250 series IGS Infrasys thermal imaging camera.
Through Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, this grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program, The Heritage Program, which allows independent insurance agencies and brokers, such as Momentous, to direct the donations to support local fire services.
Jennifer Dantona, Senior Vice President of Momentous, was on hand to present the donation at a ceremony attended by the city council members, mayors and other local dignitaries. This is the second year in a row that Momentous had directed a grant toward the Five Cities Fire Department. Momentous specifically chose a department where they could see the impact of their donation. With family ties to the community, and a knowledge that the Fire Authority could greatly benefit from the donation, Mrs. Dantona believed that Five Cities would be the perfect fit.
“We wanted to make a donation where it could make a serious difference, …not just a drop in the bucket.” And last year’s donation did make an impact. The Five Cities Fire Authority purchased equipment and another mobile command center that was used regularly. The Fire Authority related a specific incident where equipment purchased with Momentous funds made the difference in a rescue operation. “It was such a great experience…gratifying for us to see that,” said Mrs. Dantona.
The thermal imaging camera provides clear imaging up to 1000° C (1832°F) allowing fire fighters to see heat signatures through thick smoke or walls. Firefighters can then locate trapped persons, or identify fires within walls. Steve Lieberman, Fire Chief of the Five Cities Fire Authority, was reported saying, “We use the camera more often than you would think…quickly grabbing the TIC (thermal imaging camera) can help us determine that there is not a fire threat.”
The new mobile command center is a customized version of the Ford Explorer. The command center is equipped with emergency lighting, custom electronics, and features solar panels on the roof to maintain power to its batteries. It is also more fuel efficient than the Fire Authority’s current command vehicle.