Water Company Grants Benefit Sanatoga, Limerick, Royersford

MECHANICSBURG PA – Three area fire companies and departments – in Sanatoga, Limerick, and Royersford – are due to receive firefighting support grants from Pennsylvania American Water that are part of a total $140,000 contribution to 144 firefighter units across the state, the company said Thursday (Oct. 29, 2020). The amount being distributed this year is three times that of earlier awards, it added.

Pennsylvania American “dramatically increased its grant funding to address the particular challenges fire departments are facing this year related to COVID-19’s economic impact. As a result, the company fully funded every eligible fire department grant request it received,” it reported.

All three local winners protect areas where Pennsylvania American supplies its services. The grants to the Sanatoga Fire Company, and Limerick and Royersford fire departments, range from between $875 to $1,000, according to a company spokesperson.

“Water systems and fire departments are deeply intertwined and reliant on each other for community fire protection,” Pennsylvania American President Mike Doran said. “We know that 2020 has been a difficult year for our customers and our emergency responders, and that this funding will provide significant support to our communities.”

The grants annually help local fire departments and emergency services buy protective gear, lifesaving equipment, firefighting apparatus and training materials. Since launching the grant program in 2009, Pennsylvania American reported it has donated a combined total of more than $640,000.

Also receiving grants were six other three firefighting units in Montgomery County, three in Berks County, and two in Chester County.

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