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Verona Volunteer Fire Department Receives $5,032 Grant to Purchase Breathing Apparatus

Donation from Jacksonville’s SIA Group and Fireman’s Fund Insurance to Support Local Fire Department Equipment Purchases

Jacksonville, NC, April 14, 2012 --( Don Mills, President of SIA Group (, a full-service insurance agency with six offices throughout North Carolina, has announced that the firm has partnered with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to donate $5,032 to the Verona Volunteer Fire Department to purchase two new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). SIA Group and Fireman’s Fund presented the grant package to the Fire Department on Tuesday April 10.

SCBA units are worn by firefighters in situations that involve smoke, heat, toxic gases or oxygen deficiency. Firefighters rely on SCBA for respiratory protection so that they can fight fires and work in hazardous areas.

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 department and burn prevention organizations. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to nearly 1,800 different organizations totaling more than $29 million. Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like SIA Group, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.

“Our firefighters are dedicated to protecting life and property,” said Fire Chief Wayne Thomas. “This grant will greatly assist our mission by providing two more firefighters with full personal protective equipment and enhance our ability to remain in hazardous atmospheres for a longer period of time.”

“We are proud to help in such a meaningful way, knowing these firefighters will benefit from such an important donation,” said Bill Mills of SIA Group. “Having updated gear isn’t a luxury, it’s critical to the well-being of all firefighters.”

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About SIA Group:
SIA Group is a full-service insurance agency with six offices throughout North Carolina. Founded in 1975, the firm offers a complete range of insurance products including risk management consultation, loss control, surety bonds programs, life insurance and employee benefit packages. SIA Group is one of North Carolina’s fastest growing insurance organizations with more than 110 employees. The firm was listed as a Top 100 Privately Held Property Casualty Agency by the Insurance Journal in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and 2010. SIA Group has offices located in Raleigh, Jacksonville, Greenville, New Bern, Wallace, and Burgaw, N.C. For more information, visit

About Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company:
Founded in 1863, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is a premier property and casualty insurance company providing personal and commercial insurance products backed by industry-leading claims and risk management solutions. Fireman’s Fund is a leader in high-net-worth, entertainment, and green insurance. Fireman’s Fund is a member of the Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest providers of property and casualty insurance, ranked 27th on Fortune’s Global 500 list of the world’s largest corporations. For additional information, visit

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