WATCHUNG, NJ -Watchung Chemical Engine Company was named a winner of New Jersey American Water’s  9th Annual First Responder Grant, the water company announced on Tuesday.


Mike Bormann, Senior Superintendent of Operations, New Jersey American Water and Mike Bange, Senior Manager of Field Operations, New Jersey American Water presented a check for $971 to Chief Charles E. Pivnichny and members of the Watchung Chemical Engine Company.


Watchung Chemical Engine Company will be utilizing these awarded grant funds for the purchase of a new automated external defibrillator (AED).

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The Watchung Chemical Engine Company is one of 21 volunteer fire departments and emergency responders within the company’s service areas chosen to receive grants, totaling nearly $20,000, through the program. This year’s grants will be utilized in various ways by each department – from offsetting the costs of purchasing personal protective gear, communications equipment and firefighting tools to water handling equipment, training and other materials used to support volunteer firefighter and emergency responder operations.

More information about New Jersey American Water’s First Responder Grant Program can be found online at


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