Virginia American Water Awards Grants to Three Volunteer Fire Departments

Alexandria, VA (May 7, 2013) – Virginia American Water today announced that three volunteer fire departments in its Eastern District service area have been awarded $500 grants to advance fire protection and training.
The Callao Volunteer Fire Department in Northumberland County will use its grant to fund procurement of training materials, including mannequins, video materials, training manuals and student handbooks.  The Callao volunteer firefighters offer training to church groups, businesses and individuals on life-saving procedures and techniques.
The Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department, also in Northumberland County, will use its grant to purchase a portable roadside sign for the display of fire safety messages and tips at its Reedville Station.
The Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Westmoreland County plans to use its grant to help purchase a five-inch fire hose that will enable firefighters to better control fires in rural areas where they must draw water from a pond, river or swimming pool.

 “We are pleased to provide these grants to the men and women who volunteer at the local fire departments in our Eastern District service area,” said Virginia American Water President William R. Walsh. “This year’s grantees proposed important projects that will enhance fire protection, safety or training in their communities.  We look forward to continuing grant support for volunteer fire departments in the Eastern District on an annual basis.”
Virginia 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 more than 300,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to
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Chris Neale | General