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.

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“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 and follow Missouri American Water on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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