David Sherman, left, presents the check to Rutland Asst. Chief Danny Davis. Submitted photo.

RUTLAND, Ohio – Volunteer firefighters in Rutland, Ohio have some new equipment to make their jobs safer, thanks to a recent $5,000 grant from Sherman Insurance in Ansonia and their partner MutualAid eXchange (“MAX”).

David Sherman heads Sherman Insurance. He reached out to the Rutland Volunteer Fire Department after learning about the MAX Community Grant Program. “I’ve been the department’s insurance agent for years, and I know how hard these guys work and how committed they are to the safety of their community,” Sherman said. “This grant will help them be safer and let them know how much we appreciate their service.”

The grant will help purchase a pressure tester for their hoses and a set of bunker pants and boots.

MAX is a fair, faithful and socially responsible home, auto and property/casualty insurance company that was founded on religious principles. Today it serves people of all faith backgrounds. It created the Mutual Aid Ministries Community Grant program as a way to partner with their network of independent agents who identify and want to support worthy projects in their communities.

Equipment for one firefighter to be outfitted with gear can easily reach the $7,000 mark. Volunteer fire departments and the auxiliaries connected with them work throughout the year to fundraise to cover expenses in addition to equipment needs. Receiving grant money helps with those needs.

Sherman Insurance is located in Ansonia, Ohio. For more about MAX go to: www.MAXInsurance.com.

Photo: David Sherman presenting check to Asst. Chief Danny Davis.