Tennessee American Water Spreads Holiday Cheer with Firefighter Grants

Chattanooga, Tenn. (Dec. 22, 2021) – In time for the holiday season, local emergency responders and fire departments in Hamilton and Marion Counties, TN, and Catoosa and Walker Counties, GA, have received $11,000 through Tennessee American Water’s Firefighting Support Grant program.

The grants provide supplemental funding for critical equipment, training and community education in communities served by Tennessee American Water.  

“As a water provider, we are proud to support our local heroes with additional gear and resources to save lives and protect our community,” said Grant Evitts, president of Tennessee American Water.  

The following area departments received funds:


Hamilton County, TN

  • Chattanooga Fire Department - special flotation baskets for the new fire/rescue boats which are positioned for prompt responses to areas above and below the Chickamauga Dam
  • East Ridge Fire Department – pike poles for safer and more efficient fire suppression
  • Elder Mountain Volunteer Fire & Rescue – rescue tools to safely lift, haul, or extricate patients from low angle falls and vehicle accidents

Catoosa County, GA

  • Catoosa County Fire Department – CPR Pocket masks for Catoosa County citizens who participate in their free CPR/AED courses

Walker County, GA

  • Rossville Fire Department – new pagers for timely response to emergency calls

Marion County, TN

  • Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department – fire/rescue boat purchased with Tennessee American Water grant and Marion County government funds
  • Jasper Highlands Volunteer Fire Department– 1.5” nozzles for the two cross lays on the truck
  • Sequatchie Volunteer Fire Department – new safety vest and repair of pagers for safety of firefighter and response times to emergency calls
  • Suck Creek Mountain Volunteer Fire Department – replacement of fire hall air compressor to properly maintain pressure on fire truck air brakes
  • West Valley Volunteer Fire Department – updated storage equipment to properly store uniforms and for easier cleaning
  • Whitwell Volunteer Fire Department – thermal imaging camera to locate smoldering fires behind walls


Tennessee 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 services to approximately 380,000 people in Tennessee and north Georgia. For more information, visit and follow Tennessee American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 25 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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