Sunday, November 3, 2013

Illinois American Water Distributes $1000 to Orland Fire Protection District

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Illinois American Water Distributes $1000 to
Orland Fire Protection District
Woodridge, Ill. (October 28, 2013) – The Orland Fire Protection District will be able to purchase additional fire equipment thanks to a grant by Illinois American Water (IAW).  The IAW 2013 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas.  Chief Ken Brucki recently accepted a check for $1000 that will be used to design a training prop that will replicate all different water delivery methods that fire personnel encounter in real situations.

Approximately $72,975 will be awarded to 75 fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2013 Firefighter Grant Program.  The program was created in 2010 to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.  Since creation, the program has resulted in over 220 grants totaling over $245,000 awarded across the state.

“We are committed to supporting our local fire departments,” said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water.  “This program enables us to further support fire protection in the communities we serve and partner with our local fire fighters.”

Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to cover the costs associated with the following:
·       Personal protective gear
·       Communications equipment
·       Firefighting tools
·       Water handling equipment
·       Training and related activities/materials used to support community fire protection
·       Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including training manuals and workbooks

Pictured from left to right: Henry Maradiaga, Operations Supervisor; Lieutenant David Piper, Training Supervisor; Chief Ken Brucki; Sue Gram, Municipal Advocate

About Illinois American Water

Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest
investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. 
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 more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 14 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting