Rural Deltana Volunteer Fire Department has received the donation of a pallet – 2,352 12-ounce cans – of water from the Anheuser-Bush company to support wildland fire response efforts and other activities. The canned water, which is being shared with other local departments, provides assistance to firefighters by keeping them hydrated when working at a fire scene.
According to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), Anheuser-Bush says: “Keeping firefighters hydrated during long incidents or disasters such as wildfires is a critical need for fire departments, yet many volunteer departments struggle with limited budget and resources. To help departments meet this need, Anheuser-Busch is continuing its commitment in 2022 and has pledged to donate 1.5 million cans of clean drinking water this year to help keep our wildfire responders hydrated as they protect and strengthen our communities. Since the program began, nearly 4.9 million cans of water have been distributed to more than 960 departments across nearly all 50 states.”
Since 1988, the brewer has donated more than 90 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities impacted by natural disasters and other crises.
According to Rural Deltana Volunteer Fire Department, the department spends about $200 -$300 per year on water for firefighters.
“Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water and supplies for disaster relief efforts. Every year, Anheuser-Busch periodically pauses beer production to can emergency drinking water to be ready to lend a helping hand during natural disasters and other crises. Building on this commitment, the brewer teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) in 2019 to create the Emergency Drinking Water for Wildland Firefighters program.”
The program is a partnership between Anheuser-Bush and the National Volunteer Fire Council. The water was delivered by Republic National Distributing Company which distributes Anheuser-Bush products locally.
Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and fire chief for the Rural Deltana Volunteer Fire Department.