Anheuser-Busch delivers 54,000 cans of water to Michigan fire stations
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 54,000 cans will be donated to 23 fire departments across Michigan 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 Michigan fire departments are designed to deliver on this critical need, as well as to support the communities where Anheuser-Busch’s customers and employees live and work.
“Firefighters rely on clean drinking water to stay hydrated and safe while suppressing fires and assisting with emergencies in our communities,” said Brad Axtell, Chief of Venice Township Fire Department.
“We thank Anheuser-Busch, the NVFC and Fabiano Brothers for helping supply our stations and many more across Michigan with these resources.”
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 47 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 neighbours, 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 Michigan, the donations of emergency drinking water will be made to 23 volunteer fire departments including Bear Lake Township Fire Department, Hudson Fire Department, Mendon Fire Department, Perry Area Fire Rescue, and South Torch Lake Fire District.
Since 2019, Anheuser-Busch and its national network of independent wholesalers – including local partners, Bud Distributing, Daniel L Jacob & Co., Fabiano Brothers, Griffin Beverage Company, H. Cox & Son, Main Beverage Company, Marchetti Distributing Co., Smith Distributing Company, Tyler Sales Company, and West Side Beer Distributing – have partnered with the NVFC to donate more than 8 million cans of clean, safe drinking water to more than 1,400 fire departments across 49 states to support disaster response needs.
“At Fabiano Brothers, we take pride in giving back to the communities we serve. That’s why we’re honored to join forces with Anheuser-Busch and the NVFC to help deliver over 50,000 cans of drinking water to Michigan fire and EMS stations,” said James C. Fabiano II, President of Fabiano Brothers, Inc. “Because of their commendable service, we can all feel safer at home.”
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.