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West Virginia American Water Awards more than $10,000 to Local Fire Departments through Annual Grant Program

Charleston, W.Va. (June 28, 2017) – West Virginia American Water announced today the awardees of its fourth annual Firefighting Support Grant Program, providing more than $10,000 in financial assistance to fire departments located within the company’s service area. The grants will help local fire departments purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.

“Assisting our local fire departments is one of the most vital things we can do to ensure the safety and security of our communities,” said West Virginia American Water president Brian Bruce. “West Virginia American Water is very proud to support organizations that play such a valuable role in the continued protection of our customers.” 

The program covers a wide range of fire department expenses associated with personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities that will be used to support community fire protection. A team of West Virginia American Water employees selected the 12 grant recipients through a rigorous screening and application review process. The selected organizations and their funding fulfilments are: 

Boone County

  • Racine Volunteer Fire Department ($500) for the purchase of 20 fire retardant hoods

Cabell County

  • Huntington Fire Department ($1,000) toward the purchase of 88 fire retardant hoods 

Fayette County 

  • Ansted Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) for the purchase of one complete fire hydrant bag (enabling quick and successful hydrant hookup)

Kanawha County

  • Belle Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) for 15 pairs of structural firefighting gloves and 15 Fire retardant hoods
  • Malden Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) for a portable scene light and 10 pairs of structural firefighting gloves
  • Tornado Volunteer Fire Department ($950) for a small boat motor
  • Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department ($500) for the purchase of 20 fire retardant hoods

Lewis County

  • Weston Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) for the purchase of basic dive equipment
  • Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department ($500) toward the purchase of vital hand tools

Mercer County 

  • Bluefield Fire Department ($1,000) toward the purchase of updated personal protective gear for 16 firefighters

Putnam County 

  • Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department ($800) for the purchase of a cordless drill with rechargeable batteries, windshield cutter and cordless reciprocating saw

Webster County

  • Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department ($935) for the purchase of a plastic rescue stretcher