(March 8, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water announced today that 21 local fire departments across Luzerne County received grants through the company’s annual Firefighting Support Grant Program. The company launched the program in 2009 to help local fire departments and emergency services in purchasing safety gear, lifesaving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.
“We’re proud to support the important work performed by emergency responders here in Luzerne County,” said Pennsylvania American Water Operations Senior Manager Traci Cross. “At a time when funding and volunteers at many of our fire departments are limited, we are pleased to support and partner with public safety organizations who make our communities better places to live.”
This year, the following local fire departments received approximately $11,775 in grants from Pennsylvania American Water:
- Avoca Fire Department
- Excelsior Hose Company #2 (Duryea)
- Edwardsville Fire Department
- Germania Hose Company (Duryea)
- Hanover Township Fire Department
- Hughestown Hose Company No. 1
- Jenkins Township Volunteer Fire Department
- Kingston Fire Department
- Larksville Fire Company No. 1
- Luzerne Volunteer Fire Department
- Mountaintop Hose Company No. 1
- Nanticoke Fire Department
- City of Pittston, Bureau of Fire
- Plains Township Fire Department
- Preston Hose Company #3
- Shavertown Volunteer Fire Department
- Sugar Notch Borough Volunteer Fire Department
- Trucksville Volunteer EMS, Fire and Rescue
- West Pittston Hose Company No. 1
- West Wyoming Hose Company No. 1
- City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department
Since launching the grant program in 2009, Pennsylvania American Water has contributed more than $400,000 to help approximately 500 fire departments in its service areas across the Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
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PA Amer Water WB FD Grant: Pennsylvania American Water Manager Mark Cross (center) presents a Firefighting Support Grant to Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney (left) and Deputy Chief Alan Klapat for the purchase of new fire hose and salvage covers.
PA Amer Water Kingston FD Grant: Kingston Fire Department recently received a Firefighting Support Grant from Pennsylvania American Water for the purchase of portable radios. Pictured L-R: Firefighters M.J. Grimes; Ralph Seltzer; Greg Yeager; Lee Hampton; Chief Frank Guido; Pennsylvania American Water Manager Mark Cross; Firefighters Chris Hadesty; and Jason Azarewicz.