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Riley County Fire District No 1

Posted on: February 7, 2024

Drinking water donated to RCFD#1 volunteer firefighters

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(Riley County, KS - February 7, 2024) This afternoon, Ben Rowe and Jason Bruce with local distributor Flint Hills Beverage delivered a pallet of canned drinking water to Riley County Fire District #1 as part of Anheuser-Busch’s disaster relief program. The donated water will be used to keep volunteer firefighters hydrated and healthy during this spring’s wildland fire season.

In March and April, RCFD#1 volunteers typically respond to the highest number of calls all year.

“Spring is the busiest time of the year for our volunteers, and sometimes crews can be called out multiple times in a day or serve 12-hour shifts to battle large grass fires and wildland fires. Having this donation means it will be easier to keep our people healthy while they’re working to keep the community safe, and we greatly appreciate it. We plan to distribute the drinking water to each of our 15 fire stations to be used during training exercises and firefighting activities,” explained Russel Stukey, Riley County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director. 

Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water and supplies for disaster relief efforts. Every year, Anheuser-Busch periodically pauses beer production to can emergency drinking water to be ready to lend a helping hand during natural disasters and other crises. Building on this commitment, the brewer teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) in 2019 to create the Emergency Drinking Water for Wildland Firefighters program. Find more information about the program at

Riley County Fire District #1 (RCFD#1) provides fire protection and emergency response in the unincorporated areas of Riley County, Kansas, including Leonardville, Ogden, and Randolph. Additionally, the department offers supplementary support to the City of Manhattan and the City of Riley. Covering approximately 500 square miles of suburban and rural terrain, this dedicated team responds to wildfires, brush fires, structure fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, road hazards, gas leaks, and other disasters. Dispatched by Riley County 911, the 15 strategically located fire stations, staffed by over 120 volunteer firefighters, ensure around-the-clock emergency response and risk reduction for the community. 

Photos courtesy of Riley County Fire District #1

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