McKeesport officials, including city Administrator Tom Maglicco, community development director A.J. Tedesco, Mayor Michael Cherepko and fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik, with representatives of Pennsylvania American Water Co. The company awarded a $1,000 grant to the fire department for the purchase of new hose nozzles. (Submitted photo)
Firefighters in McKeesport, Clairton, Glassport and Lincoln Borough are among those at 68 public safety agencies across the state receiving grants this month from Pennsylvania American Water Co.
The utility company announced that $50,000 is being disbursed through its annual Firefighting Support Grant Program to help fire and emergency services units to purchase protective gear, lifesaving equipment, firefighting apparatus and training materials.
“We are proud to support the critically important service provided by our communities’ emergency responders,” said Jeffrey L. McIntyre, company president, in a prepared statement. “At a time when funding and volunteers are stretched thin at many fire departments, our Firefighting Support Grants enable us to partner with and assist the dedicated men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our customers’ homes and businesses.”
In McKeesport, the fire department will use the water company's $1,000 grant to purchase new hose nozzles, according to a water company spokesman.
McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik thanked the water company for its support.
"This money will be put to good use purchasing life-saving equipment in the fire bureau," he said. "I’d also like to commend Pennsylvania American for their ongoing commitment to the communities they serve.”
Other departments receiving grants included Citizen's Hose Company No. 1 in Glassport; Clairton Fire Department; Jefferson Hills Volunteer Fire Department; Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire Co.; and the Volunteer Fire Dept of Carroll Twp., Washington County.
Company spokesman Gary Lobaugh said grants ranged from $430 to $1,000.
Originally published June 13, 2018.