NJ American Water Announces First Responder Grant Program

Recognizing the bravery and commitment of volunteer firefighters and first responders, New Jersey American Water announces its 2020 grant program for volunteer fire departments and emergency responders (e.g., ambulance and first aid squads) located within the company’s service areas.

“We are proud to continue to support the brave men and women who volunteer their time and risk their lives to protect our communities,” said Denise Venuti Free, director of Communications and External Affairs, New Jersey American Water.

Grants may be used to cover the costs of personal protective apparatus, communications gear, first aid equipment, firefighting tools, vehicle maintenance and other materials that will be used to support volunteer firefighter and emergency responder operations. Reimbursement for specific training courses, including the cost of training manuals, student workbooks, and instructors is also eligible.

“We recognize the impact an increase in funding can have on the capabilities of volunteer firefighter and EMS departments. Extra funding helps these groups purchase necessary tools and equipment to keep themselves and their communities safe,” said Don Dunleavy, volunteer firefighter and operations specialist at New Jersey American Water. Dunleavy is one of 20 employees who serve on the committee to help select the grant recipients. The committee is comprised of employees from New Jersey American Water who are first responders within their local communities.

The maximum grant amount awarded is $2,000 and the deadline to apply is March 13. Interested applicants can find more information and apply online at newjerseyamwater.com/community. Grant recipients will be notified at the end of March.