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New Jersey American Water Volunteer Fire Fighter Grant Winners Announced

Nineteen volunteer firefighting and emergency services organizations have each been awarded a share of $20,000 in New Jersey American Water’s inaugural Volunteer Fire Fighter Grants program. The program was announced late last year, in order to assist volunteer emergency services organizations cover the costs of purchasing personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities/materials that will be used to support community fire protection. A team of New Jersey American Water employees, who are volunteer fire fighters or emergency medical technicians, reviewed the applications and, based on their experience, made the grant decisions.

“We maintain our water systems so that the brave fire fighters in our communities have service at fire hydrants to fight fires,” said John Bigelow, president of New Jersey American Water. “This grant program lets us, in a small way, thank our volunteer first responders for the important work they do.”

The following organizations have been selected by the employee committee to receive grants:

  • Branchburg Rescue Squad – For the purchase of pagers
  • Brookside Engine Company No. 1 – For the purchase of portable fire pumps used in fighting wildfires.
  • Far Hills – Bedminster Fire Department – For the purchase of a Jumbo hose connector
  • Gibbsboro Fire Company No. 1 – Toward construction of a training room.
  • Good Will Fire Company (Belvidere, NJ) – Towards the purchase of structural firefighting boots.
  • Hi-Nella Fire Company No. 1 – For the purchase of a portable generator
  • Livingston Volunteer Fire Department – For the purchase of GPS units to be installed in the department’s engines, ladder truck and heavy rescue unit.
  • Lumberton Fire Company No. 1 – For the purchase of Minitor V Personal Communications devices.
  • Magnolia Fire Company – For the purchase of a multimedia projector for use in training.
  • Mantoloking Fire Company No. 1 – Toward the purchase of an automated deck gun that can deliver up to 750 gallons per minute.
  • Marmora Volunteer Fire Co. – For the purchase of 5-inch Storz fire hydrant adapters.
  • Oakhurst Independent Hose Company No. 1 – For the purchase of GPS units for use in the engines and chiefs’ vehicles.
  • Pottersville Volunteer Fire Company – For the purchase of Minitor V Personal Communications devices.
  • Princeton Fire Department – Toward purchase of a three-way hose manifold.
  • Rumson Fire Company of East Oceanic – For the purchase of auto Crib Step chocks.
  • Runnemede Fire Department – For the purchase of survivor hand-lights
  • Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company – Toward the purchase of Ursuit cold-water suits for the rescue unit.
  • Union Beach First Aid Squad – Toward the purchase of a Hartwell Flow Master MCI Kit to provide respiratory support for up to seven patients at a time.
  • Wayside Fire Company (Tinton Falls, NJ) – Toward purchase of automated external defibrillators.

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New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit


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