Group Photo: (L-R) Lacey Petrie holding daughter River, Assistant Chief Donna Woodward with granddaughter Willow, Jackie Wilkes, Chief James Yon Jr., Diane Long, Lewis Bear Company Representative Kris Searcy.
Scott’s Ferry Volunteer Fire Department recently received a donation of canned emergency drinking water from leading brewer, Anheuser-Busch, to help provide critical hydration to its responders during this year’s wildfire season. On Friday, July 29, 2022, The Lewis Bear Company, a local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partner, dropped off 2 pallets to the department to help support its wildfire response needs. Maintaining firefighters’ hydration during long incidents or disasters such as wildfires is a major safety concern for many departments.
The Scott’s Ferry Volunteer Fire Department provides emergency response to both medical and fire emergencies. We strive to protect our community and serve in times of emergency. As we are currently in Florida’s Wildfire Season, this donation of water will help ensure our firefighters and those who provide mutual aid will have much needed hydration available on scene.
“Firefighters lose a tremendous amount of fluid during high-intensity response such as battling fires. Proper hydration is critical to ensure the safety of our firefighters and to keep them performing at their best,” said Chief James Yon Jr. “Thanks to this water donation from Anheuser-Busch and the National Volunteer Fire Council, we have the resources to keep our firefighters hydrated and ready to respond.”
The water was donated by Anheuser-Busch through a partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water and supplies for disaster relief efforts. The company periodically pauses beer production each year to apply its production and logistics expertise to can clean, safe drinking water that is ready to distribute when disaster strikes. Since 1988, the brewer has donated more than 90 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities impacted by natural disasters and other crises.
Building on this commitment, the brewer teamed up with the NVFC – the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services – in 2019 to provide emergency drinking water to help firefighters stay hydrated and healthy when responding to wildfires and large incidents. To date, the program has donated nearly 4.9 million cans of water to volunteer firefighters across the country.