New Jersey American Water Volunteer Fire Fighter Grant Winners Announced
February 23, 2011 at 12:42 PM EST
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:
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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 www.amwater.com.
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 www.amwater125.com.