New Sight VFD receives water donation to support wildfire response efforts

Published 9:09 am Friday, August 5, 2022

Water donated by Anheuser-Busch through a partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council


The New Sight 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.

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On July 27, Southwest Distributors, a local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partner, dropped off 98 cases 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.

“Firefighters lose a tremendous amount of fluid during high-intensity response such as battling wildfires,” said Chief Scott Smith. “Proper hydration is critical to ensure the safety of our firefighters and to keep them performing at their best.

“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. Learn more about the program at