Lo­cal fire de­part­ments re­ceive grants

Penn­syl­va­nia Amer­i­can Wa­ter sup­ports 68 com­pa­nies across state

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Penn­syl­va­nia Amer­i­can Wa­ter re­cently an­nounced that 68 emer­gency ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions across Penn­syl­va­nia re­ceived grants to­tal­ing ap­prox­i­mately $50,000 through its an­nual Fire­fight­ing Sup­port Grant Pro­gram.

The com­pany awards the grants to sup­port lo­cal fire de­part­ments and emer­gency ser­vices in pur­chas­ing pro­tec­tive gear, life­sav­ing equip­ment, fire­fight­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and train­ing ma­te­ri­als.

In Berks County, the Exeter Town­ship Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and the Town­ship of Spring Fire Res­cue both re­ceived grants.

“We are proud to sup­port the crit­i­cally im­por­tant ser­vice pro­vided by our com­mu­ni­ties’ emer­gency re­spon­ders,” said Penn­syl­va­nia Amer­i­can Wa­ter Pres­i­dent Jef­frey L. McIn­tyre. “At a time when fund­ing and vol­un­teers are stretched thin at many fire de­part­ments, our Fire­fight­ing Sup­port Grants en­able us to part­ner with and as­sist the ded­i­cated men and women who put their lives on the line to pro­tect our cus­tomers’ homes and busi­nesses.”

Penn­syl­va­nia Amer­i­can Wa­ter awarded grants rang­ing from $430 to a max­i­mum of $1,000 to the var­i­ous fire de­part­ments and emer­gency ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Left to right: Penn­syl­va­nia Amer­i­can Wa­ter’s Doug Nester and Jim Gable present $1,000 grant to Exeter Town­ship Fire Depart­ment Sgt. Ed Weitzel and firefighter Andy Gu­d­i­nas to pur­chase pro­tec­tive gloves and fire­fight­ing hoods.

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