Missouri American Water Awards Firefighter Grants
Annual grant program provides critical funding to Missouri fire and emergency organizations in the company’s service areas.
ST. LOUIS, MO (November 10, 2021)– More than $43,000 will be awarded to Missouri fire departments and emergency responders through Missouri American Water’s 2021 Firefighter Grant Program. The annual program provides supplemental funding for critical equipment, training and community education. More than 150 grants have been awarded since the program began in 2016.
“As a water provider, we are proud to supply an important resource to help firefighters save lives and protect our community,” said Rich Svindland, President of Missouri American Water. “We are also aware resources for our local heroes can at times run short. This program is in place to help bridge funding gaps and provide support for emergency responders.”
Missouri American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants for personal protective gear, communications equipment, tools, training materials and community education programs. Resources and needs related to the pandemic are also eligible for the program.
In addition to the grant program, Missouri American Water works with local firefighters on a frequent basis. Fire departments can help determine where vital water pipe investments need to be made to improve and enhance fire protection. Missouri American Water also maintains and tests fire hydrants annually. According to Svindland, there are approximately 44,000 hydrants in the more than 200 communities served by Missouri American Water.
Checks will be distributed to 37 fire departments across Missouri in the coming weeks. The 2021 recipients are listed below:
Affton Fire Protection District
Berkeley Fire Department
Black Jack Fire Protection District
Branson Fire and Rescue
Brunswick Volunteer Fire Department
Buchanan County Region H
Cole County Fire Protection District
Cottleville Community Fire Protection District
Crestwood Fire Department
Duenweg Volunteer Fire Department
Eureka Fire Protection District
Ferguson Fire Department
Florissant Valley Fire Protection
Frontenac Fire Department
Glendale Fire Department
Hazelwood Fire Department
Jefferson City Fire Department
Joplin Fire Department
Kirkwood Fire Department
Ladue Fire Department
Lincoln County Fire Protection District
Maplewood Fire Department
Maryland Heights Fire District
Monarch Fire Protection District
North County Fire and Rescue
Pattonville Fire Protection District
Redings Mill Fire Protection District
Riverside Fire Department
Rock Hill Fire Department
Shrewsbury Fire Department
St Joseph Fire Department
University City Fire Department
Valley Park Fire Protection District
Warrensburg Fire Department
Webster Groves Fire Department
West Overland Fire Protection District
Western Taney County Fire District
Missouri American Water, a 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 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.missouriamwater.com and follow Missouri American Water on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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