LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2014) - The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, the major source of private support for the Los Angeles Fire Department, today announced it has received $50,000 as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation's Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, the LAFD Foundation will fund the FIRE Academy program for high school students throughout the city of Los Angeles. A three-year program, FIRE Academy students have a 100% high school graduation rate and have acquired skills in firefighting, emergency medicine, and leadership.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation Grants support safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the general public in the United States and Canada.
Jay Grodin, Chairman of the Board of the LAFD Foundation says, "We are grateful for Motorola's ongoing support of this important youth program. Exposing young people to a possible career in fire service, giving them strong mentors, and helping them succeed in school and in life."
"Motorola Solutions is dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter," said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. "The Motorola Solutions Foundation aligns itself with this mission by supporting programs like the LAFD FIRE Academies for youth that train people how to respond to potential safety problems. We are proud to see these valuable programs make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work, such as Los Angeles."
The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides grants around the world with an emphasis on programming in communities where Motorola Solutions has a significant presence. For 85 years, Motorola has worked side-by-side with law enforcement to develop the solutions that support its mission. Since 2007, the foundation has provided over $25 million in grants to public safety organizations in the U.S and Canada.
About Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation creates partnerships to provide resources, programs and equipment that assist firefighters and paramedics in protecting life, property and the environment by enhancing their ability to maintain their tradition of service at the highest level. The foundation is the major source of private support for the LAFD, providing equipment, technology, training and youth programs that are not included in the city budget. For more information on the LAFD Foundation and how to support your LAFD, visit www.supportlafd.org.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to give back to the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee giving and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/