For Immediate Release: August 27, 2013

OSFM Awarded Federal Funds to Protect North Carolinians from Fire

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have awarded the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal $303,500 worth of grant funds. The federal funds will support OSFM's 2013-2014 fire prevention and safety initiatives, including the distribution of more than 15,000 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to communities throughout the state.

"I am proud that federal representatives see the value in what we are trying to achieve with our fire safety and prevention programs," said Goodwin. "And I'm honored that they have entrusted my team with the resources necessary to help protect the lives of our citizens."

The purpose of the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is to provide funds to national, state, local or community organizations that are recognized for their experience and expertise in fire prevention and firefighter safety programs and activities.

In addition to purchasing and distributing carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms with long-life lithium batteries, OSFM staff will use the funds to train community groups and fire and rescue personnel statewide on proper alarm installation. OSFM will also perform community outreach, working with local nonprofit organizations to distribute and install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for senior citizens, as well as providing special alarms for individuals who are deaf or have hearing loss.