Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners are teaming up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) for the fifth consecutive year to donate emergency drinking water to local fire departments nationwide. This summer, more than 42,000 cans will be donated to 18 fire departments across Georgia to help them prepare for and respond in times of crisis and long incident at home.
Firefighters and first responders in our communities rely on clean drinking water to stay hydrated in times of need; yet volunteer fire departments often lack the budget and resources to supply. The water donations to Georgia fire departments are designed to deliver on this critical need, as well as to support the communities where Anheuser Busch’s customers and more than 700 employees live and work.
“Access to clean drinking water is essential for firefighters to operate at their best while battling wildfires or other emergencies in the summer heat,” said Curt Pechloff, Chief of the Northwest Harris Volunteer Fire Department. “We’re grateful for the dedication of our community partners Anheuser-Busch, the NVFC, and the numerous wholesalers who have delivered over 40,000 cans of water to 18 fire and rescue departments across Georgia to support our mission to serve and protect.”
Now in its fifth year, the partnership between Anheuser-Busch and the NVFC is expanding its reach to provide 2.5 million cans – more than ever before – to over 600 volunteer fire departments (VFDs) across 48 states, with a goal of reaching more than 1,000 VFDs before the end of the year. The initiative’s expansion represents a significant evolution in the brewer’s 30-year-strong commitment to disaster relief, as well its deep appreciation for the first responders who are keeping their communities safe.
“Showing up for our communities and first responders has long been part of Anheuser Busch’s legacy – that’s who we are. We’re proud to continue building on that tradition by working with our wholesaler partners and NVFC to support our neighbors, friends, and families,” said Cesar Vargas, Chief External Affairs Officer at Anheuser-Busch.
“Emergency drinking water is critical for firefighters’ safety and ability to respond to crises at home each year,” said NVFC Chair Steve Hirsch. “We appreciate Anheuser-Busch’s increased commitment to supplying our nation’s fire service with this much-needed resource and for their continued partnership in keeping our communities safe.”
In Georgia, the donations of emergency drinking water will be made to 18 volunteer fire departments including Buena Vista Fire Rescue, Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Cook County Fire Department, Ideal Fire and Rescue, and Morgan County Fire Rescue.
Since 2019, Anheuser-Busch and its national network of independent wholesalers – including local partners , AB Beverage Co. Inc., Albany Beverage Co., Atlanta Beverage Co., Bibb Distributing, Eagle Rock Distributing, La Grange Grocery Co., Leon Farmer & Company, Johnson Distributing Co., and Southern Eagle Distributing Co. – have partnered with the NVFC to donate more than 6.4 million cans of clean, safe drinking water to more than 960 fire departments across 49 states to support disaster response needs.
“At Lagrange Grocery Company, we’re proud to support the dedicated members of the Northwest Harris Volunteer fire department with this delivery of emergency drinking water in partnership with Anheuser-Busch,” said Al Zachary, President of Lagrange Grocery Company. “We hope it provides some relief as they battle fires and other emergencies throughout the year.”
The emergency drinking water is sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s breweries in Cartersville, Georgia and Fort Collins, Colorado which periodically pause beer production to can clean, safe drinking water to support disaster relief efforts in partnership with the American Red Cross and NVFC. Since the creation of its emergency drinking water program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 90 million cans of clean drinking water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters and other crises.