Brunswick County Fire Marshal Receives Grant to Bolster Fire Prevention Efforts


The Brunswick County Fire Marshal has received a fire prevention grant from FM Global to purchase a fire investigation hydrocarbon detector.

FM Global offers financial support to organizations who work to combat fire loses through a fire prevention grant program to support national, state, regional, local and community organizations. Grant funding is offered to support a wide array of programs that include fire prevention, preparedness and control efforts that include pre-incident planning, fire prevention education/training, and arson and fire investigations.

The Brunswick County Code Administration’s Fire Marshal Office provides assistance in the origin and cause determination of fire and explosion-related incidents to all fire departments within Brunswick County, in conjunction with our federal, state and other local agency partners.

With the grant funding, the Fire Marshal’s office will be able to purchase a hydrocarbon detector, which will aid in the examination of fire scenes or assist if portions of a scene are unsafe for the K9 to work because of the accelerant. The grant will also provide funding for new digital camera equipment, replacing older and outdated equipment. The new camera equipment and hyrdrocarbon detector will allow the Fire Marshal’s office to better document arson scenes and improve the documentation of arson cases.

“This is wonderful news,” said County Manager Ann Hardy. “This new equipment is a great resource for our Fire Marshal’s Office and will allow our staff to continue to provide excellent service to our citizens and fire departments. I appreciate Fire Marshal Andrew Thompson’s initiative in seeking grant funds to obtain this additional equipment.”