Local Fire Departments Compete In Pennsylvania American Water’s “Keystone Firefighting Challenge” On Social Media

Twenty-two fire departments from across the commonwealth hope people “Like” them on Facebook. All are competing in Pennsylvania American Water’s “Keystone Firefighting Challenge,” a Facebook contest that allows the two top vote-getters to earn $700 and $300, respectively, to offset the cost of equipment and training.

Facebook users can vote once each day between July 1 and July 30, for their favorite fire department. From Pennsylvania American Water’s Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniaamwater), users can click “Voting Contest” to see a list of participating fire departments and short descriptions of what their grants will fund.

“Local fire departments in the communities we serve are important partners, and we’re proud to help offset the cost of protective gear, communication equipment and training that can help improve fire protection for our customers,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “We encourage people to read about each of their important projects and to vote daily throughout the contest for their favorite fire departments.”

Participating fire departments are:
  • Mt. Lebanon Fire Department – Allegheny County
  • South Hills Area Council of Governments Technical Rescue Team – Allegheny County
  • Whitehall Fire Company – Allegheny County
  • Broughton Volunteer Fire Department – Allegheny County
  • Jefferson Hills Volunteer Fire Company – Allegheny County
  • Skyview Volunteer Fire Co. West Mifflin #4 Station 296 – Allegheny County
  • South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Department – Allegheny County
  • Township of Spring Fire Rescue Services – Berks County
  • Western Berks Fire Department – Berks County
  • City of Butler Bureau of Fire – Butler County
  • Hershey Volunteer Fire Company – Dauphin County
  • Eagle Hose Company Number 1 – Lackawanna County
  • Citizens Fire Company No. 1 – Lebanon County
  • Kingston/Forty Fort Fire Department – Luzerne County
  • Excelsior Hose Company #2 – Luzerne County
  • City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department – Luzerne County
  • Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company – Montgomery County
  • Norristown Fire Department – Montgomery County
  • Norriton Fire Engine Company – Montgomery County
  • Swedeland Fire Company – Montgomery County
  • Tatamy Volunteer Fire Company – Northampton County
  • Palmer Municipal Fire Department – Northampton County

The top vote-getting grant winners will be announced in early August.

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.1 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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