Thursday, October 19, 2023

Pennsylvania American Water Awards Grants to 3 Schuylkill County Fire Companies

Three Schuylkill County Fire Companies have been awarded a grant from Pennsylvania American Water.

Pennsylvania American Water announced on Thursday that it has awarded $85,000 in grants to 167 fire and rescue organizations serving communities in 30 Pennsylvania counties through its annual Firefighting Support Grant Program.

Three Schuylkill Counties Fire Companies were part of that list.

Since launching the grant program in 2009, Pennsylvania American Water has contributed more than $760,000 to help hundreds of local fire departments purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.

“Water systems and fire departments work collaboratively to deliver community fire protection, and we are proud to support to the dedicated men and women who serve our local fire departments,” said Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Jim Runzer. 

“For nearly 25 years, we’ve offered this grant program as a token of our partnership and our thanks.” Pennsylvania American Water’s Firefighting Support Grants provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in the company’s designated service areas. Grants can be used to purchase personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities/materials used to support community fire protection.

The three fire companies receiving grants this year are:
  • Friendship Fire Company, Englewood, Butler Township
  • Good Will Hose Co #1, Frackville
  • Altamont Fire Company, Frackville, West Mahanoy Township