ANAHEIM, CA (Sept. 1, 2015) – Children in Anaheim will be safer thanks to a $15,000 grant from CITA Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Specifically, the grant will fund the purchase of helmets to distribute to youth in the community in conjunction with Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s helmet safety program which was launched in November 2013.
More than half of scooter, skateboard and bicycle-related fatalities involving children are caused by head injuries. These deaths can be significantly reduced by wearing the proper safety equipment.
The “Wear Your Helmet Like A Pro” initiative includes public service announcements and autographed posters featuring sports professionals from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Anaheim Ducks, as well as Anaheim Firefighters properly wearing their helmets, inspiring Anaheim's youth to follow suit. Anaheim Fire & Rescue has partnered with the seven school districts in Anaheim to distribute customized safety helmets with their emblem to encourage students to wear their helmets, and has additional helmets available at each of the City’s 11 fire stations.
“This grant enhances a valuable program that helps save lives,” said Fire Chief Randy Bruegman. “We sincerely appreciate this grant from CITA and Fireman’s Fund, and the assistance from Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Ducks, and Angels Baseball, which support our efforts to enhance the safety of children in Anaheim. We are also happy to announce that Angels Baseball’s 2nd Baseman, Johnny Giavotella, has joined our cause.”
Command officers and firefighters from Anaheim Fire & Rescue, along with representatives from CITA Insurance Services, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Disneyland Resort, and The Walt Disney Company were on hand for a special grant presentation held this morning at Anaheim Fire Station No. 3.
“We are honored to support Anaheim Fire & Rescue in such a meaningful way,” said John Jasinski, executive vice president of CITA Insurance Services. “This is a valuable program that will keep our youth safe.”
Funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, this grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program. Founded in 1863 with a social mission to support the fire service, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants to more than 2,100 different organizations totaling more than $32 million -- including more than $9.3 million in California. Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like CITA Insurance Services, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.
Through this program, Brown & Brown Insurance Services, with whom CITA Insurance Services is affiliated, has directed over $1 million in grants to fire departments nationwide.
CITA Insurance Services was supported in this nomination through their partnership with Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, who informed CITA about the fire department’s need in 2013 when the program was initially launched.
About CITA Insurance Services
CITA Insurance Services (www.citainsurance.com) is a leading insurance agency and brokerage organization servicing thousands of policyholders across the country with a primary focus in the commercial property and casualty space, including a Commercial Program for Hotels & Resorts and a variety of Professional Liability Programs. CITA Insurance Services is part of the Professional Programs Division of Brown & Brown, Inc. (BRO) which is ranked by Business Insurance Magazine as the eighth largest independent insurance intermediary in the United States.
About Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
As a premier property and casualty insurance company, Fireman’s Fund has protected the future for its customers for more than 150 years. With a commitment to supporting firefighters for safer communities, Fireman’s Fund has donated more than $32 million in grants to local fire departments across the United States. Fireman’s Fund is a member of the Allianz Group — one of the world’s largest insurance providers — and has a strong financial foundation.