Huntington Fire Department Among Those Awarded Emergency Gear Grant from WVAW

Updated 1 year ago From WV American Water Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 19, 2016) – West Virginia American Water announced  the awardees of its third 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 and firefighter training organizations purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.


“This program was developed several years ago as a way for us to show our appreciation for the men and women who serve in our local fire departments and protect the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said West Virginia American Water president Jeff McIntyre. “The very first water systems were developed for community fire protection, and West Virginia American Water is very proud to support organizations that play such a valuable role in the continued protection of our communities.”

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 11 grant recipients through a rigorous screening and application review process. The selected organizations and their funding fulfilments are:

Boone County
·        Danville Volunteer Fire Department ($725) for a battery operated windshield saw

Cabell County
·        Huntington Fire Department ($1,000) toward the purchase of an MSA Multi-Gas Monitor to protect firefighters from hazardous gas exposure
·        Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department ($921) for  replacement of outdated equipment

Kanawha County
·        Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) toward the purchase of a radio, battery package and lighting for a UTV vehicle
·        Dunbar Fire Department ($1,000) to purchase two portable, extendable emergency lights
·        Institute Volunteer Fire Department ($965) toward the purchase of fire extinguishers, dry chemical and pressurized water canisters
·        Nitro Fire Department ($1,000) to replace four portable radio units
·        Pinch Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) to purchase Nova-cool multipurpose firefighting foam

Lewis County
·        Weston Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) for the purchase of basic dive equipment

Putnam County
·        Winfield Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) toward the purchase of confined space rescue helmets

Webster County
·        Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) toward the purchase of a slide in pack with pump and water tank for a rescue vehicle

West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 550,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, 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 at www.westvirginiaamwater.com.  

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