Southern West Virginia fire departments among those awarded through Firefighter Support Grant Program

Summers, Mercer and Fayette Counties were among announced as recipients of the sixth annual Firefighting Support Grant Program from West Virginia American Water. More than $12,000 in financial assistance will be distributed to fire departments located within the company’s service area.

These grants will help provide the local fire departments with life-saving equipment, emergency gear, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.

“West Virginia American Water is proud to once again award fire departments across the state with grants that will upgrade equipment and improve safety operations,” said Rob Burton, West Virginia American Water president. “This program is another way we can show appreciation for those who serve in our local fire departments and protect the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”

The program covers a wide range of fire department expenses associated with personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities that support community fire protection. A team of West Virginia American Water employees selected the 14 grant recipients through a rigorous screening and application review process. The selected organizations and their funding fulfilments are:

Fayette County

  • Ansted Fire Department ($814) for the purchase of hose equipment
  • Fayetteville Fire Department ($500) for the purchase of smoke detectors
  • Oak Hill Fire Department ($1,000) for the purchase of radios

Mercer County

  • Bluefield Fire Department ($756.33) for the purchase of a gas detection monitor

Summers County

  • Hinton Fire Department ($986.28) for the purchase of a portable scene light
  • Jumping Branch Volunteer Fire Department ($990) for the purchase of hose equipment

 

Putnam County

  • Bancroft Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) for the purchase of 2 radios and chargers
  • Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department ($882.97) for the purchase of a cordless combo kit and sockets

Kanawha County

  • Charleston Fire Department ($994.25) for the purchase of a ladder and safety ropes
  • Dunbar Fire Department ($999) for the purchase of a drone to help with crime scene or traffic collision investigations, search for missing persons and provide visual support during tactical operations or area security during major events
  • West Side Volunteer Fire Department ($860) for the purchase of two pagers with chargers

Cabell County

  • Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department ($850) for the purchase of a cordless cut-off saw kit
  • Green Valley Volunteer Fire Department ($915.84) for the purchase of three fire fighter helmets

Logan County

  • Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department ($1,000) for the purchase of hydrant and hose equipment
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