The Town of Foxborough will see a reduction in its property and casualty insurance costs following a driving safety course conducted with 18 members of the police department.
Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the town’s property and casualty insurance provider, offered the training free of charge as a membership benefit. Upon completion of this and other MIIA training programs, the town is eligible to receive insurance premium credits through the MIIA Rewards Program.
Foxborough police department members participated in the driving safety simulator course during the week of Feb. 27.
The state-of-the-art, computer-driven simulator realistically replicates more than 150 driving conditions that operators of police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles may encounter, including snow, rain, fog and darkness.
In addition, the course includes one-on-one training for fire, police and other public safety employees on emergency procedures and safe driving techniques. According to MIIA’s statistics, there is an average of 10 to 25 percent reduction in accident frequency and costs following the driving safety course.
"Ensuring the safety of our employees and the public is a priority in Foxborough," says Town Manager Kevin Paicos. "The driver training program from MIIA gives officers virtual hands-on emergency driving experience off the road and in the safety of the simulator. We appreciate these programs that further enhance the skills of employees while helping minimize the risk of incidents during emergency calls."
MIIA is the non-profit, member-based insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) insuring nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in the state. In fiscal year 2011, more than 5,200 city and town employees participated in over 235 MIIA-sponsored technical trainings and management seminars offered throughout the state.
Member municipalities' efforts yielded more than $2.4 million of premium credit collectively through the MIIA Rewards incentive program for a nine-year total of over $14 million. For more information, please visit www.emiia.org and www.mma.org.