Last updated July 15, 2009
Allianz Group is one of the leading global financial service providers specializing in life insurance, asset management and banking. With nearly 155,000 employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves approximately 75 million customers in about 70 countries. On the insurance side, Allianz is the market leader in the German market and has a strong international presence.
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is a Novato, California-based insurance company owned by Allianz SE of Germany. It was founded June 18, 1863, and issued its first policy to Walter Hawxhurst covering one half interest in 1,000 kegs of Boston syrup for a premium of $12. Its name is derived from an early business arrangement to pay 10 percent of profits to widows and orphans of firefighters. It was acquired by American Express in 1978, but became independent again in 1985, and was purchased by Allianz in 1991. In 2006, the company had 4,100 employees and assets of more than $12.2 billion.
Fireman’s Fund has had a long history providing coverage and paying claims for some of the most catastrophic events in American history, including the Great Chicago Fire, the San Francisco Earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina. It was one of the very first car insurance providers, and issued the world’s first airplane insurance policy. Today, it insures a number of diverse operations such as agribusiness and feature film production.
Fireman’s Fund Prestige Auto policy offers liability, uninsured motorists, medical payment coverage, personal injury protection, comprehensive and collision coverages with terms that go well beyond the usual limits:
Contact Fireman’s Fund at:
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Companies
777 San Marin Dr.
Novato, CA 94998
Telephone: (800) 227-1700
Sources: “Allianz Profile”, Allianz web site; “Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company”, WIkipedia, June 30, 2009; “Prestige Auto”, Fireman’s Fund web site, 2009