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7/18/2011 - County Fire Marshal Awarded Funds For Camera

County Fire Marshal Awarded Funds For New Camera

On Thursday, July 14th, Cumberland County Fire Marshal Todd Bowen accepted a $1,925 grant from GM Global, a world-wide commercial property insurer. The funds will will go towards the purchase of a new Cannon EOS Rebel T2i digital camera and supporting equipment.

Todd Bowen, center, accepts a check from FM Global Consultant Engineer Nicole Trabalka as 911 Director Jim Matlock looks on.
Todd Bowen, center, accepts a check from FM Global Consultant Engineer Nicole Trabalka as 911 Director Jim Matlock looks on.
(Photo courtesy NJ News)

 
Bowen applied for the grant on February 17th and heard back in mid-May that his request stood out among the hundreds FM Global received. “I didn’t shoot for the starts. I looked at their grant history and what the fire companies really needed,” said Bowen, who is also a full-time battalion chief with the Bridgeton Fire Department. "When investigating and documenting evidence at a fire scene, it’s the most important tool we have,” he said.

Freeholder Director Bill Whelan said the county Fire Marshal’s Office “does an outstanding job helping to identify and prosecute arson-relate fires within the rural townships of our county. We are thankful for FM Global for recognizing our county fire marshal’s effort and needs in awarding this grant.”