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CHARLESTON - West Virginia American Water has announced the recipients of its sixth annual Firefighting Support Grant Program, providing more than $12,000 in financial assistance to fire departments located within the company's service area. The grants will help local fire departments purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, 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 fulfillments are:

Logan County

n Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department, $1,000 for the purchase of hydrant and hose equipment.

Cabell County

n Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department, $850 for the purchase of a cordless cut-off saw kit.

n Green Valley Volunteer Fire Department, $915.84 for the purchase of three firefighter helmets.

Putnam County

n Bancroft Volunteer Fire Department, $1,000 for the purchase of 2 radios and chargers.

n Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department, $882.97 for the purchase of a cordless combo kit and sockets.

Fayette County

n Ansted Fire Department, $814 for the purchase of hose equipment.

n Fayetteville Fire Department, $500 for the purchase of smoke detectors.

n Oak Hill Fire Department, $1,000 for the purchase of radios.

Kanawha County

n Charleston Fire Department, $994.25 for the purchase of a ladder and safety ropes.

n 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.

n West Side Volunteer Fire Department, $860 for the purchase of two pagers with chargers.

Mercer County

n Bluefield Fire Department, $756.33 for the purchase of a gas detection monitor.

Summers County

n Hinton Fire Department, $986.28 for the purchase of a portable scene light.

n Jumping Branch Volunteer Fire Department, $990 for the purchase of hose equipment.

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