California Fire Departments Receive Emergency Drinking Water from Anheuser-Busch and the National Volunteer Fire Council to Support Wildfire Relief Efforts

ST. LOUIS, July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This summer, Anheuser-Busch is partnering with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) for the fourth consecutive year to donate emergency drinking water to volunteer fire departments nationwide, including more than 18,000 cans to 8 fire departments from California to help them be ready for the 2022 wildfire season.

As the wildfire season lengthens and intensifies each year, drinking water remains essential to meet the hydration needs of firefighters. Yet many voluntary services struggle with limited budgets and resources. Water deliveries in California will help meet this critical need, while supporting the communities that Anheuser-Busch Los Angeles and Fairfield breweries are proud to call home.

“I commend Anheuser-Busch for taking extremely important steps to support volunteer firefighters throughout Solano County and the state of california. We know that California the firefighting season is now 12 months old, and these essential supplies are needed more than ever. Our firefighters deserve our support, and I thank Anheuser-Busch for answering the call,” said the congressman John Garamendi (D-CA).

This year’s partnership between Anheuser-Busch and the NVFC will provide more than 1.5 million canisters of emergency drinking water to nearly 450 volunteer fire departments in 46 states. It also 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.

“Our emergency drinking water program is a source of immense pride for all of us at Anheuser-Busch, including our approximately 3,500 employees across California – because we are able to do our part to recognize and support the heroes who protect our communities from natural disasters”, said Colleen LucasVice President of Community Impact at Anheuser-Busch. “By leveraging our production and distribution capabilities as a force for good, we are honored to lend a helping hand to California volunteer firefighters and first responders across the country. »

“Hydration is vital to the health and safety of firefighters, and an important component for firefighters to perform at their best during the response,” said NVFC chair Steve Hirsch. “We appreciate Anheuser-Busch’s continued commitment to supporting our volunteer responders in the field. This is an invaluable program that provides an essential resource for volunteer services, so they can use their limited budgets to help. ‘other necessities.’

In Californiadonations of emergency drinking water will be made to Magdalene Voluntary fire protection, Chowchilla Fire Department, Altavilla-Melones Fire Protection District, wood cove Fire Protection District, Capay Valley Fire Department, Vacaville Fire Protection District, Suisun Fire Protection District Association and The Honda Firefighters.

Since 2019, Anheuser-Busch and its national network of independent wholesalers – including Blach Distributing, Sales DonaghyEagle Distributing, Markstein Beverage and Matagrano Inc. – have partnered with NVFC to donate more than 4.9 million cans of clean, safe drinking water to more than 960 fire departments across the country to respond to forest fire response needs.

“At Markstein Beverage Co. of Sacramentowe are committed to supporting the communities we serve,” said Jason WhitworthChief Operating Officer, Markstein Beverage Co. of Sacramento. “We are honored to support the Vacaville, Suisun and Capay Valley Volunteer Fire Departments with this emergency water donation in partnership with Anheuser-Busch. These water donations will provide essential hydration to our local heroes.”

Emergency drinking water donations come from Anheuser-Busch breweries in Cartersville, Georgia and Fort Collins, Colorado who periodically interrupt beer production to provide emergency drinking water to support disaster relief efforts in partnership with the American Red Cross and NVFC. Since inception of its Emergency Drinking Water Program in 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 90 million containers of drinking water to US communities affected by natural disasters and other crises.

To learn more about the Wildland Firefighters Emergency Drinking Water Program, visit

At Anheuser-Busch, our goal is to create a happier future. We are always looking to provide new ways to experience life’s moments, dream big to advance our industry, and make a meaningful impact in the world. We hope to build a future that everyone can celebrate and everyone can share. For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a tradition of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate more than 120 facilities, including breweries, wholesale distribution centers, agricultural facilities and packaging plants, and have more than 19,000 colleagues across United States. We’re home to many of America’s most beloved beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that offer beer drinkers a choice of the tastiest craft beers. Of the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visit or follow Anheuser-Busch on LinkedIn, TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading non-profit association representing the interests of volunteer firefighters, emergency medical services, and rescue services. The NVFC is the voice of the volunteer on the national stage and provides essential advocacy, resources, programs and training to first responders across the country. Learn more at

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