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Local fire departments receive grant money

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CHARLESTON (NEWS RELEASE) – West Virginia American Water announced today the awardees of its first-ever 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 initiative was developed as an annual program to show our appreciation for the men and women who serve in our local fire departments and remain dedicated 24/7 to the communities where our customers and our employees live and work,” said West Virginia American Water president Jeff McIntyre. “West Virginia American Water is very pleased to support organizations that have such integral ties with both the community and the water industry, as the very first public water systems were actually developed as community fire protection systems.”

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 chose the 17 grant recipients from 26 applications. The selected organizations and their funding fulfilments are:

Boone County

  • Madison Volunteer Fire Department ($500) for children’s fire prevention and safety

Braxton County

  • Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department ($750) toward the purchase of a thermal imaging camera

Cabell County

  • Huntington Fire Department ($700) toward the purchase of an MSA Multi-Gas Monitor to protect firefighters from hazardous gas exposure
  • Tri-State Fire Academy ($425) for tools used for forcible entry and emergency escape

Fayette County

  • Oak Hill Fire Department ($1,000) toward the purchase of turnout/bunker gear

Kanawha County

  • Dunbar Fire Department ($300) to replace a 15-year-old portable radio unit
  • Institute Volunteer Fire Department ($500) to replace outdated firefighting nozzle
  • Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department ($400) to replace a pager unit
  • Malden Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) to purchase a rescue chain saw
  • Rand Volunteer Fire Department ($400) to purchase pagers for emergency notification
  • Sissonville, Millertown, Pocatalico & Guthrie Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) toward the purchase of a larger attack fire hose to increase fire flows
  • Tornado Volunteer Fire Department ($425) to purchase a water rescue line gun
  • West Side Volunteer Fire Department ($600) for much needed repairs to a critical department vehicle

Mercer County

  • Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department ($600) to purchase a water rescue kit
  • Oakvale Volunteer Fire Department ($500) to purchase a foam eductor
  • Princeton Fire Department ($750) toward the purchase of an engine monitor device

Webster County

  • Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department ($750) toward the purchase of a smoke machine for training

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