Anheuser-Busch renews partnership with National Volunteer Fire Council
Anheuser-Busch is teaming up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) for the fourth consecutive year to donate 1.5 million cans of emergency drinking water to volunteer fire departments nationwide ahead of the 2022 wildfire season.
The partnership’s next phase marks a significant continuation of the brewer’s 30-year-strong commitment to disaster relief and supporting local communities in times of need through its emergency drinking water program.
The 1.5 million cans of emergency drinking water produced and distributed by Anheuser-Busch will be donated to nearly 450 volunteer fire departments across 46 states.
As wildfire season lengthens and increases in severity each year, clean drinking water remains essential in addressing firefighters’ hydration needs – yet many volunteer departments struggle with limited budget and resources.
Since 2019, Anheuser-Busch and its national network of independent wholesalers have partnered with NVFC to provide these critical resources to America’s volunteer fire service. To date, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 4.9 million cans of clean, safe drinking water to more than 960 fire departments in 49 states to support wildfire response needs in coordination with NVFC and the brewer’s wholesaler network.
“Our emergency drinking water program and partnership with the NVFC is a tremendous source of pride for all of us at Anheuser-Busch as we are able to do our part to recognise and support the heroes who protect our communities from natural disasters,” said Colleen Lucas, Vice President of Community Impact at Anheuser-Busch.
“By leveraging our production and distribution capabilities as a force of good, we are honoured to lend a hand to America’s volunteer fire service.”
“Hydration is a vital component to firefighter health and safety, and an important part of keeping firefighters functioning at their best during response,” said NVFC chair Steve Hirsch.
“We appreciate Anheuser-Busch’s ongoing commitment to support our volunteer boots-on-the-ground responders. This is an invaluable program that provides a critical resource to volunteer departments, so they can use their limited budgets on other necessities.”
“We are proud to work with Anheuser-Busch and our fellow independent wholesalers across the country to get this much need resource into the hands of volunteer firefighters ahead of the wildfire season,”said Mike Economos, President, Eagle Rock Distributing Company of Colorado.
“This program exemplifies the positive impact we have when we all work together to support our communities.”