Emergency drinking water available for volunteer fire departments

Thanks to Anheuser-Busch, volunteer fire departments who respond to wildland fires can now apply to receive canned emergency drinking water through the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) for their immediate or upcoming wildfire response needs. This water donation program will support volunteer departments nationwide actively fighting wildfires throughout the year to help provide critical hydration when it is needed most.

Anheuser-Busch announced the expansion of its 30-year-old emergency drinking water program in April and has committed to donating one million cans of clean drinking water in support of volunteer fire departments in 2019 through this partnership with the NVFC.

To apply for emergency drinking water from Anheuser-Busch and the NVFC, departments must meet the following requirements:
  • Responded to wildfires in 2018 and plans to respond to wildfires in 2019
  • Be all-volunteer or mostly-volunteer (over 50%)
  • Serve a population of 25,000 or less
  • Be located in the U.S. and be legally organized under state law
  • Must be available to accept the water delivery, store requested amount, and utilize amount by ‘best by’ date on package (canned water has a shelf life of 365 days from the packaging date)
  • Demonstrate a need for the water
  • Departments are encouraged to submit one application per year. Subsequent applications received for that department will be subject to additional review.
  • NVFC members will have priority to receive the water donation. Learn about member benefits and join at www.nvfc.org/BeYourBest.
Departments requesting water that are in a declared state of emergency or immediate need will be processed immediately. Those not needing immediate attention will be fulfilled on an ongoing basis. The application period is now open. Visit www.nvfc.org/water to apply and for additional information about the program.