Intact Financial Corporation launches new Wildfire Defense Systems service to limit damage to homes caused by wildfires

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Customers of a home insurance policy in Alberta and British Columbia will benefit from a wildfire prevention and damage mitigation service that will give them peace of mind

  • First residential service of its kind in Canada prevention to help reduce the risks and damage to homes caused by wildfires.
  • Automatically included, at no additional cost, for eligible customers with home insurance from Intact Insurance, belairdirect or Intact Prestige.
  • Pilot project to help people and communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.

TORONTO, May 7, 2024 /CNW/ – Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) is proud to announce that it is partnering with Wildfire Defense Systems (WDS) to launch a pilot project that will provide additional protection to eligible WDS customers.Alberta and British Columbia when their homes are threatened by fort fires.

As part of this pilot project, Intact entered into an agreement with WDS to deploy damage prevention and mitigation services for customers whose property is threatened by a wildfire occurring less than 5 km from it. this. Services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Removal of materials from around the property that could fuel a fire, including firewood, propane tanks, furniture and grass clippings.
  • Covering exterior winds and closing exterior doors, windows, and garage doors to prevent embers from entering the home and igniting the interior.
  • The installation of temporary automatic sprinkler systems to increase humidity and lower temperature.

Once the threat of fire has passed, WDS will attempt to return the property to verify that the danger no longer exists, return items to their original location, and remove any coverings or temporary fire extinguishing systems.

In 2023, theAlberta and British Columbia experienced a wildfire season of unprecedented magnitude. We were able to see first-hand the difficulties and challenges that the population had to face while we helped people get back on the right foot. We are gearing up for another challenging wildfire season, and eligible customers will benefit from added protection and peace of mind with Wildfire Defense Systems service,” said Luisa Currie, Senior Vice President, West, Intact Corporation. financial.

Wildfire Defense Systems service is automatically included on eligible home insurance policies from IntactInsurance, belairdirect and IntactPrestige, at no additional cost for the 2024 wildfire season.

WDS is the largest provider of wildfire prevention services to the private sector and the leading provider of wildfire loss prevention services to insurers in North America. WDS has the experience and capabilities necessary to reduce the risk of loss of security posed by the growing threat of wildfire, including coordination of access, pre-fire mitigation measures, structure protection and mitigation measures at the front after the fire, explained Nick Lauria, chief of firefighting operations, Wildfire Defense Systems.

WDS is a global leader in wildfire prevention and response services and has been providing services to insurance policyholders for 16 years. The company has responded to more than 1,300 fires in its service area which encompasses 22 states. WDS joins all other public wildfire responders and works with local authorities in the threatened area to safely access insured properties to limit damage. Although every effort is made, wildfires are unpredictable and WDS cannot guarantee that personnel will be able to reach the insured properties or that the measures taken will completely avoid damage by wildfires.

Intact is here to help people, businesses and society move forward in good times and be resilient in tough times. Climate change is real and we all see the risks and devastating effects of extreme weather and natural disasters, Ms.meCurrie. The agreement between Intact and WDS is an example of how we are redoubling our efforts to build resilient communities to help communities and customers adapt to the impacts of wildfires and other severe weather events.

About Intact Financial Corporation

Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in the Canadaone of the world’s leading providers of specialist insurance and, with RSA, a leader in the UK and in Ireland. The Company has experienced organic and acquisition growth, and its annual premiums total more than $22 billion.

At Canada, Intact distributes its insurance products under the Intact Insurance brand through a vast network of brokers, including its wholly-owned subsidiary BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect. Intact also offers affinity group insurance solutions through its Affinity Groups, travel insurance as well as specialty insurance through Intact Prestige.

In the United States, Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions offers a range of specialty insurance products and services through independent agencies, regional and national brokers, wholesalers and general managing agencies.

In the United Kingdom, in Ireland and in EuropeIntact offers insurance solutions for individuals and businesses as well as specialized insurance under the RSA brands.

About Wildfire Defense Systems (WDS)

WDS, whose head office is located Bozeman (Montana), is a qualified insurance resource and the largest provider of wildfire response services to insured properties in North America. WDS clients are limited to insurance companies. Through its Emergency Operations Coordination Center, WDS monitors wildfire risks that threaten policyholders’ properties and dispatches firefighting personnel and vehicles. These personnel are trained to National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards and the firefighting vehicles used are designed and maintained according to NWCG specifications.

Source Intact Financial Corporation

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