Some Insurance Companies Send Fire Crews to Protect Homes

Wildland Defense Systems Inc., is a private company that provides firefighters for insurance company Chubb Personal Insurance, one of a handful of insurance companies that send in firefighters during wildfires to protect homes as part of high-end insurance policies. By P. SOLOMON BANDA – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP)

When firefighter Eric Morris shows up at wildfires across the West, locals battling the flames sometimes look at him and wonder who sent him. The answer isn’t a public agency. It’s an insurance company. Morris is among a group of private firefighters hired in recent years to protect homes with high-end insurance policies. In a wildfire season that is one of the busiest and most destructive ever to hit the region, authorities and residents say their help is welcome. Entire Article: http://www.omaha.com/article/20120705/AP09/307059908