Pennsylvania American Water Awards $140,000 to Local Fire Departments

Company triples annual grant program to address critical COVID-19 related funding gaps faced by fire and rescue organizations; Grants awarded to 144 departments across Commonwealth

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Oct. 28, 2020) – Pennsylvania American Water announced today $140,000 in grants to 144 fire and rescue organizations across the Commonwealth through its annual Firefighting Support Grant Program. This year, the company dramatically increased its grant funding to address the particular challenges fire departments are facing this year related to COVID-19’s economic impact. As a result, the company fully funded every eligible fire department grant request it received.

“We know that 2020 has been a difficult year for our customers and our emergency responders and that this funding will provide significant support to our communities,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Mike Doran. “Water systems and fire departments are deeply intertwined and reliant on each other for community fire protection,” he continued. “This increase in grant funding reflects how highly we regard our fire department partners and how we responded to the critical needs they expressed to us this year.”  

The company awards grants annually through this program to support local fire departments and emergency services in purchasing protective gear, lifesaving equipment, firefighting apparatus and training materials. Since launching the grant program in 2009, Pennsylvania American Water has donated more than $640,000 to help hundreds of fire departments and emergency service organizations across the Commonwealth. Today’s announcement coincides with National Fire Safety Month.

Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2020 grants to the following fire departments across its service territory:

  • Adams County – Cashtown Community Fire Department
  • Allegheny County – Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Brentwood Volunteer Fire Company, Central Volunteer Fire Company of Elizabeth Township, Citizens Hose Company #1, City of McKeesport Fire Department, Clairton Volunteer Fire Department, Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Company, Elizabeth Township Fire Department #1, Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson Hills 885 Volunteer Fire Company, Pleasant Hills Volunteer Fire Company, Presto Volunteer Fire Department, Vigilant Hose Company #1 of Port Vue, West Mifflin Borough Volunteer Fire Company #3 and Whitehall Fire Company
  • Armstrong County – Hose Company #6 Kittanning, Hose Hook & Ladder Company #1 and Kittanning Hose Company #4
  • Beaver County – Big Beaver Volunteer Fire Company and Koppel Volunteer Fire Company
  • Berks County – Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department, Township of Spring Fire Rescue Service and Wyomissing Fire Department
  • Butler County – City of Butler Bureau of Fire and Oakland Township Oneida Valley Volunteer Fire Company
  • Centre County – Hope Fire Company #2, Howard Volunteer Fire Company and Reliance Fire Company #1
  • Chester County – Thorndale Volunteer Fire Company and West End Fire Company #3 Coatesville
  • Clarion County – Farmington Township Volunteer Fire Company, Shippenville/Elk Township Volunteer Fire Department and Strattanville Fire Company
  • Clearfield County – Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company and Wallaceton Area Volunteer Fire Company #1
  • Cumberland County – Enola Fire Company #3, New Cumberland Fire Department, New Cumberland River Rescue, New Kingstown Fire Company, Northeast Fire and Rescue Company, Shiremanstown Fire Department, Silver Spring Community Fire Company, Upper Allen Township Fire Department and West Shore Bureau of Fire
  • Dauphin County – Steelton Fire Department
  • Fayette County – Allison No. 2 Volunteer Fire Department, Brownsville Fire Company #1, Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department, Dunbar Volunteer Fire Company, Footedale Volunteer Fire Department, Grindstone Volunteer Fire Department, Hiller Volunteer Fire Company, Hopwood Volunteer Fire Department, Morrell Volunteer Fire Company, New Haven Hose Company, New Salem Volunteer Fire Department, Republic Volunteer Fire Company, South Brownsville Fire Company #1, South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company and Uniontown Fire Department
  • Jefferson County – Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, Central Fire Department, Lindsey Fire Company and McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company
  • Lackawanna County – Artisan Fire Company, Blakley Hose Company No. 2, Chinchilla Hose Company, City of Carbondale, Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1, Dunmore Fire Department, Eagle Hose Company #1, Eureka Hose Company No. 4, Greenwood Hose Company No. 1, Jessup Hose Company #2, Jessup Hose Company Number One, Newton-Ransom Volunteer Fire Company, Scranton Fire Department, Taylor Fire and Rescue and Wilson Fire Company #1
  • Lawrence County – City of New Castle Fire Department, Ellwood, Hickory Township Volunteer Fire Department, Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Department, Neshannock Township Volunteer Fire Company, New Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Department and Shenango Area Fire District
  • Luzerne County – Avoca Hose Company #1, City of Pittston Bureau of Fire, City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department, Dupont Volunteer Hose Company No. 1, Goodwill Hose Co #2, Hughestown Hose Company #1, Kingston/Forty Fort Fire Department, Larksville Borough Fire Department, Larksville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Luzerne Volunteer Fire Department, Mountaintop Hose Company No. 1, Nanticoke City Fire Department, Pittston Township Volunteer Fire Department, Plymouth Borough Ambulance Association, Plymouth Fire Company #1 and West Pittston Hose Company #1
  • McKean County – Kane Volunteer Fire Department
  • Montgomery County – East Norriton Township Fire Department, Hancock Fire Company, Harmonville Fire Company No. 1, Limerick Fire Department, Lower Providence Fire Department, Norristown Fire Department, Royersford Fire Department, Sanatoga Fire Company and Upper Merion Township Fire and EMS Department
  • Northampton County – Bangor Fire Department and Washington Township Volunteer Fire Company
  • Northumberland County – Milton Fire Department and Northumberland Fire Company #1
  • Schuylkill County – Altamont Fire Company, Friendship Fire Company #1, and Good Will Hose Company #1
  • Union County – White Deer Township Volunteer Fire Company and William Cameron Engine Company
  • Warren County – City of Warren Fire Department, Clarendon Fire Department, Glade Township Volunteer Fire, Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department and Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department
  • Washington County – Avella Volunteer Fire Department, Burgettstown Volunteer Fire Company, California Volunteer Fire Department, Canonsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Cecil Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Lawrence, City of Washington Fire Department, Elrama Volunteer Fire Company, McDonald Volunteer Fire Department, Midway Volunteer Fire Department of Washington County, Monongahela Fire Company, New Eagle Volunteer Fire Company, Peter Township Fire Department, Richeyville Volunteer Fire Company, Slovan Volunteer Fire Department, South Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Valley Inn Volunteer Fire Department and West Brownsville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1

About Pennsylvania American Water

Pennsylvania 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 2.4 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.