Berks County fire departments receive grants from PA American Water

Left to right: Pennsylvania American Water’s Doug Nester and Jim Gable present $1,000 grant to Exeter Township Fire Department Sgt. Ed Weitzel and firefighter Andy Gudinas to purchase protective gloves and firefighting hoods.
Left to right: Pennsylvania American Water’s Doug Nester and Jim Gable present $1,000 grant to Exeter Township Fire Department Sgt. Ed Weitzel and firefighter Andy Gudinas to purchase protective gloves and firefighting hoods. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Pennsylvania American Water recently announced that 68 emergency service organizations across Pennsylvania received grants totaling approximately $50,000 through its annual Firefighting Support Grant Program.

The company awards the grants to support local fire departments and emergency services in purchasing protective gear, lifesaving equipment, firefighting apparatus and training materials.

In Berks County, the Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Township of Spring Fire Rescue both received grants.

“We are proud to support the critically important service provided by our communities’ emergency responders,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Jeffrey L. McIntyre. “At a time when funding and volunteers are stretched thin at many fire departments, our Firefighting Support Grants enable us to partner with and assist the dedicated men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our customers’ homes and businesses.”

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Pennsylvania American Water awarded grants ranging from $430 to a maximum of $1,000 to the various fire departments and emergency service organizations.