WILLMAR — Madison Bottling Company partnered with Anheuser-Busch to provide more than 2,350 cans of emergency drinking water to the Willmar Fire Department in support of fire relief efforts.
Mark Thompson, left, and Matt Grave, with the 2,352 cans of water that was delivered by Madison Bottling Company to the Willmar Fire Department. The water was donated by Anheuser-Busch, which bottles it at their plant in Colorado.
With volunteers comprising 67% of firefighters in the United States, they are local communities’ first line of defense in a range of emergencies, while often operating with limited resources and staffing. For these local heroes, clean drinking water is essential to ensure they can be at their peak performance when protecting our communities.
From left, Tim Siegert representing Madison Bottling Company, Willmar Fire Chief Frank Hanson and Deputy Chief of Operations Matt Grave with the cans of water that was donated to the Willmar Fire Department.
The emergency drinking water came from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, which periodically pauses beer production to can clean and safe drinking water.
Through its partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, the national association representing America’s volunteer fire departments, Anheuser-Busch donates emergency drinking water each year to provide critical hydration to volunteer firefighters.
Since its launch in 2019, the program has donated over 4.8 million cans of water to volunteer fire departments across the county to help firefighters stay hydrated and healthy when protecting the communities where we live and work. More information can be found at
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