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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AIG’s Wildfire Protection Unit to provide pro-bono fire retardant treatment to roadsides

AIG’S WILDFIRE PROTECTION UNIT/MONTECITO FIRE OFFICIALS TO PREP KEY AREAS FOR HEIGHT OF WILDFIRE SEASON; MARKS AIG UNIT’S 10 YEARS OF PROPERTY PROTECTION

AIG’s Wildfire Protection Unit to provide pro-bono fire retardant treatment to roadsides using special-purpose built trucks. Burn demonstration and real-time protection event.

WHAT/WHO: On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, American International Group’s (AIG) Wildfire Protection Unit (WPU) will mark 10 years of service by working with Montecito fire officials to bolster the fire readiness of key areas in the Montecito Fire Protection District for the height of wildfire season. The WPU and Montecito Fire teams will apply fire retardant and perform other mitigation actions using special-purpose built AIG WPU trucks.

Prior to the full treatment exercise in Montecito, AIG’s Wildfire Protection Unit and Montecito fire officials will convene at the Montecito Fire Headquarters to provide comments and insights about the current active wildfire season, and fire preparedness.
A burn demonstration will display the effectiveness of the fire retardant spray used by AIG.
Comments about wildfire season and fire protection will be made by and interviews will be possible with:
Montecito Fire Protection District Officials, including wildfire specialists and Montecito Fire Protection District Chief, Chip Hickman
Members of the AIG Wildfire Protection Unit team, including James Rappuhn, Field Supervisor.
WHEN/WHERE: Comments and burn demonstration will begin at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, at the Montecito Fire District Headquarters, 595 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, ahead of the full fire preparation procedure.

MEDIA NOTES: Media are asked to RSVP to Matt Gallagher at matthew.gallagher2@aig.com, 212 458 3247, or Geri Ventura, gventura@montecitofire.com, 805 969 2537.

ABOUT AIG’s WILDFIRE PROTECTION UNITAIG’s Wildfire Protection Unit was created ten years ago to serve AIG Private Client Group policyholders in select areas of Northern and Southern California. This complimentary service has expanded to serve additional customers in California, as well as in parts of Colorado and Texas.

Throughout the year, AIG’s certified wildfire specialists, in custom-built WPU trucks, visit homeowners to educate them about bolstering their home’s fire defenses throughout the dry season. They work in collaboration with local fire authorities and, when warranted, spray fire retardant around the perimeters of vulnerable properties as an added layer of wildfire protection. The fire retardant remains effective on ground vegetation for months, or until washed off with a hose or heavy rain.

ABOUT AIG:
American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization serving customers in more than 100 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Contact

Melinda Johansson
(805) 965-1001 x256
mjohansson@fsacares.org

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