HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The American Water Charitable
Foundation has provided a bit of holiday cheer to the Tri-State Fire
Academy in Huntington, W.Va. in the form of a $4,000 community safety grant, which the school will use to buy needed safety training equipment.
“Firefighting and public water service have been inextricably linked for
more than a century, and we are proud to help further the critical training services provided by the Tri-State Fire Academy,” said West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre. “We want to recognize their valuable work through this grant and assist them in providing the equipment that they need to ultimately enhance the overall safety of our community.”
Tri-State Fire Academy Director Darren DeMattie says the grant money will be used to purchase hazardous material gear and confined space equipment, as well as four gas monitors and accoutrements for hazardous atmosphere detection.
“The Tri-State Fire Academy provides essential, high-quality training
resources for our region’s emergency responders, including firefighters, emergency service workers, military personnel and industry workers,” said DeMattie. “We are grateful to American Water for providing this funding, which enables us to continue providing excellent training to first responders.”