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THE CIB AND FIRE SAFETY AND PROTECTION

This picture represents the heritage of the Cincinnati Insurance Board and its contribution to fire protection and safety in the Greater Cincinnati area. Since its founding in 1838, the Cincinnati Insurance Board has met a variety of needs for the insurance community in the Greater Cincinnati area. In the beginning the CIB helped stabilize the insurance marketplace by promoting fire safety and working with insurance companies to accept risks. Before the advent of rating bureaus, the Board set the fire rates in the City of Cincinnati and conducted fire safety inspections on building located in the city. The Board of Underwriters of Cincinnati, predecessor of the CIB, was also instrumental in developing fire protection for inhabitants of the City of Cincinnati by working with the city to establish a fire department. In addition the CIB participated in organizing the Underwriters Salvage Corps in 1886. The Corps was operated, managed and funded by the of Board of Fire Underwriter of Cincinnati. Its goal was to protect building and contents from further damage after a fire and to assist firefighters. Members rushed onto burning building to save lives and property. They were accorded the same status as official firefighters while at fire zones. The picture has been given to each past president of the Cincinnati Insurance Board since the mid 1970's.

The Cincinnati Insurance Boards early records (1861 - 1992) are housed at the Cincinnati Museum Center's Cincinnati History Library and Archives. To see a description of these records Click here

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