On Sept. 11, to commemorate the heroism of the 9/11 first responders, New Jersey American Water announced the recipients of its 2023 Volunteer Fire and EMS Grant Program.
Nineteen volunteer fire and EMS departments within the company’s service areas will receive a total of more than $43,000. The funds will be used to support initiatives and training and/or to purchase upgraded equipment such as gas meters, hoses, emergency lights and more.
Mark Iannarella, New Jersey American Water’s director of health and safety – and a former volunteer firefighter with the Pennsauken Fire Department – said “safety is paramount” for the Camden-based utility company.
Describing the first responders as “everyday heroes,” Iannarella added, “These brave men and women work selflessly and tirelessly to safeguard our communities, and we hope these funds will make that task a bit easier.”
New Jersey American Water will present checks to departments in attendance at the 2023 New Jersey State Fireman’s Association Convention in Wildwood on Sept. 15.
The company also recently launched another program aimed at strengthening its communities: Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Grant Program, which is now accepting applications.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11:36 a.m. ET Oct. 23, 2023, to include photos of some of the grant recipients.
Launched in 2011 • 290 grants have been awarded • 154 fire departments and emergency response units have received grants • More than $351,000 in grant funding has been distributed