CALIFORNIA WATER SERVICE OPENS 2022 GRANT PROGRAM FOR FIREFIGHTERS

South San Francisco, CA July 21, 2022 Calwater Press Release

Fire departments in utility service areas are encouraged to apply for a rescue project, equipment funding

Further demonstrating its continued commitment to local fire departments and first responders, California Water Service (Cal Water) today opened its fourth annual firefighter grant program. Uniformed professional or volunteer fire departments serving any part of Cal Water’s service areas are encouraged to apply for funding to offset costs associated with fire protection efforts, equipment, training and to education.

The inaugural program launched in 2019 and provided $60,000 in grants. Since then, the program has nearly tripled, with $175,000 split among eight fire departments in 2021. Cal Water awarded grants ranging from $7,500 to $38,000 last year for equipment such as new hoses , nozzles and personal protective equipment to a fast inflatable life raft, hydraulic battery-powered vehicle extrication tools and a HeloPod™.

“Over the past three years, we have seen firsthand the significant difference our grants have made to protecting our communities and our firefighters,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, president and CEO of Cal Water. “We are pleased to reaffirm our commitment to partner with the brave firefighters in our service areas in this way, not only to provide the water they need in an emergency, but also to support the work they do every day. to keep our customers and communities safe.”

According to past recipients, the grants have been truly invaluable and have helped first responders save lives. Of the 2020 grant received by the Northshore Fire Protection District in Lucerne, Calif., Fire Chief Mike Ciancio said, “A big thank you to Cal Water for accepting the Northshore Fire Protection District as a grantee of their program. community grants. Cal Water donated funds to the department so we could purchase a new set of extrication tools; these tools replaced a set of extrication tools that were over 20 years old and for which we could no longer obtain parts.

For more information about the firefighter grant program or to submit an application, applicants can visit www.calwater.com/firefightergrant or email [email protected] The application period for this year’s round will close at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, September 2. Grant recipients will be notified later in September 2022 when Firefighter Appreciation Month is observed.

The grants are part of California Water Service Group’s shareholder-funded philanthropic giving program and are not paid by customer rates.

California Water Service serves approximately 2 million people through 494,500 customer connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the state since 1926. For more information, visit www.calwater.com.

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NOTE: In December 2021, the California Water Service Firefighter Grant Program benefited the South San Francisco Fire Department with $14,500 to purchase new wildfire protective clothing, see more CLICK HERE

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