WPD receives Grant for BeSafe Program

Wareham receives $9,000 grant to implement building safety program


            As part of its commitment to safety and controlling costs, the Town of Wareham was awarded a $9,000 loss control grant to install “BeSafe” systems at both town libraries, Town Hall, the water treatment plant, maintenance building and Multi-Service Center. Wareham received the grants from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), which provides property and casualty insurance to the town.

Wareham implemented a BeSafe program in all schools last year, and will be able to continue improvement of the town’s emergency response capabilities with this new grant. The BeSafe system includes identification and logging of critical information about each town building that can be easily accessed by firefighters, police officers, paramedics and public health personnel responding to emergencies – including detailed floor plans, numbered doorways, photos, unique building features and key contents. Having accurate information available and accessible can help reduce risk of injuries to building occupants and first responders, and prevent potential facility damage.

MIIA awards loss control grants to its member municipalities to fund equipment purchases and implement training programs that address safety and loss prevention issues. These proactive efforts help protect the town, its employees, and citizens by avoiding accidents and potentially costly claims.

Lieutenant Kevin Walsh, who was instrumental in the application process and eventual awarding of the grant, stated that the information enhanced BeSafe program will greatly benefit first responders and town agencies during emergency response situations. According to Lt. Walsh, the program will be implemented in the spirit of community partnership and multi-agency sharing of information with the common goal of safety and security. The BeSafe program will also be implemented in conjunction with the efforts of the Town of Wareham Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), which is an all hazards planning group of various public safety officials certified through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). All involved agencies will be briefed on the program and its benefits during the upcoming weeks.

The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association is the non-profit insurance arm of the Municipal Association. As a member-based organization, MIIA’s only focus is to provide excellent service and quality risk management solutions to Massachusetts municipalities and related public entities. MIIA insures nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.emiia.org and www.mma.org