Thursday, September 06, 2007

Papa John's & Fireman's Fund Award Grant

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Papa John’s International, Inc. pizza and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company awarded a $5,000 grant to the Portage Township Fire Department (PTFD). The department, which is facing funding issues, plans to use the grant to purchase a hose tester and fire educational materials.

The grant is part of Fireman’s Fund Heritage, a nationwide program that aims to provide equipment training and tools to local fire departments.

Portage Township is located in St. Joseph County on the west side of South Bend. PTFD responds with six apparatus from one station to protect 10 square miles and approximately 1,200 residents. Its protection district surrounds the South Bend Airport.

Fireman's Fund Insurance Company is a premier property and casualty insurer, providing personal, commercial and specialty insurance products nationwide. Founded in San Francisco in 1863, Fireman's Fund was named for its founding social mission: contributing a portion of its profits to widows and orphans of firefighters. Today the company continues its philanthropic mission, supporting firefighters for safer communities through its Fireman’s Fund Heritage program.

Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Papa John's International, Inc. is the world's third largest pizza company. For eight years running, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the highly regarded American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

This grant is significant in that until this donation, 14 townships in the South Bend area had to share one hose tester to maintain their equipment.

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