CAMDEN, NJ - Several local fire and volunteer companies are receiving grants from New Jersey American Water through the 9th Annual First Responder Grant Program.

A total of 21 volunteer fire departments and emergency responders are receiving grants totaling about $20,000 to support initiatives, training or upgraded equipment.

Receiving the grants locally are the Finderne Fire Department, Martinsville Rescue Squad and the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department.

The grants for all 21 departments will be offsetting costs associated with purchasing protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training and related activities and other materials.