Emergency drinking-water program targets wildfire relief efforts
Anheuser-Busch and Eagle Distributing Company donated 15,600 cans of emergency drinking water last week to local firefighters at the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department, Medford Volunteer Fire Department, Oliver Springs Fire Department, and the Roane County Rescue Squad.
With volunteers comprising 67 percent of firefighters in the United States, they are local communities’ first line of defense in a range of emergencies, while often operating with limited resources and staffing. For these local heroes, clean drinking water is essential to ensure they can be at their peak performance when protecting our communities.
As the primary distributor of Anheuser-Busch products in East Tennessee, Eagle Distributing Company said it is proud to support local volunteer firefighters who risk their lives to protect the communities where they live and work.
“We believe our volunteer firefighters – including those in East Tennessee – are unsung heroes in our communities,” said Dustin Hammond, team leader at Eagle Distributing.
“We’re so proud to be supporting those who are there for us when it’s needed most.”
The donation of emergency drinking water was sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, which periodically pauses beer production to can clean and safe drinking water to be delivered to communities in times of need.
Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water and supplies for disaster relief efforts in partnership with the American Red Cross – dating to 1906.
Since the inception 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.
Through its partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, the national association representing America’s volunteer fire departments, Anheuser-Busch also donates emergency drinking water each year to provide crucial hydration to volunteer firefighters. Since its launch in 2019, the program has donated more than 4.8 million cans of water to volunteer fire departments across the country. More information can be found at nvfc.org/water.