BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In an effort to enhance safety for its customers and employees throughout its central Maryland service area, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) presented $310,000 in grants to 48 nonprofit safety and emergency preparedness, response and recovery organizations through the company’s Emergency Response and Safety Grant program. In its third year, BGE’s program is designed specifically to support its partners in emergency response and safety nonprofit organizations. The program is an vital part of BGE’s continued commitment to supporting safety and reliability while also enhancing the communities it serves.
Today, BGE held a press conference at Towson University in Towson, Md., where company officials presented the grants to more than 60 representatives from the 2014 BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grant recipient organizations. Grant monies will be used to fund equipment, programs or services, such as thermal imaging cameras, rescue boat upgrades, disaster relief, K-9 safety search, rescue tools and heart defibrillators and training programs, among many others, that are critical to the safety of the communities BGE serves.
At the event, Paul E. Sullivan Jr., Senior Vice President, Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Company, showcased the importance of the new thermal imaging camera that his organization was able to purchase with its BGE grant.
"As a volunteer organization, we face financial challenges every day and this grant from BGE provides us with the funding to purchase equipment that carries a multitude of benefits with regards to saving lives, saving property, protecting the environment and protecting our emergency services first responders," said Sullivan. "When it comes to fire and emergency response, the most vital tool for our responders is the thermal imaging camera. With the BGE grant, we purchased a new thermal imaging camera that will help in searching for the occupants of a fire, who may be unconscious, or children or pets that may be hiding.
"When responding to a fire, it’s difficult to see even just an inch in front of you and we must rely on our sense of feeling and our training. This camera allows us to see where those individuals are located so that we can quickly make the rescues that can save lives. Both the funding and the relationship with BGE is paramount in purchasing this life saving equipment that we truly need, helping us to do our job safely and more efficiently each and every day."
“BGE is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and reliability for our employees, our customers and the communities in which we live and work, and naturally we have a strong appreciation for the critically important role the volunteer emergency response and safety organizations play throughout the state of Maryland,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer for BGE. “Through this grant program, we are pleased to continue our long-standing commitment and give back to our safety and emergency response organizations, who day in and day out, respond in times of need.”
BGE launched the Emergency Response and Safety Grant program in early 2012 and has provided nearly $1 million to 129 nonprofit organizations since the program’s inception.
“BGE’s grant program gives us the unique opportunity to strengthen our relationships with our emergency responder colleagues, while also extending our commitment to safety to our customers,” continued Butler. “Teamed with career emergency responders, these organizations and their highly trained and dedicated personnel are second to none in ensuring the safety of Marylanders and BGE is proud to support them in their efforts.”
In addition to financial support, BGE offers complimentary electric and natural gas safety training to emergency responders through its White Marsh Utility Training Center. In 2014, BGE conducted 25 electric hazard awareness demonstrations for 700 participants from various fire, police, EMS, county agencies, local schools and community associations. BGE’s natural gas operations and safety personnel conducted 45 natural gas safety demonstrations at fire houses, county organizations and community associations across central Maryland for nearly 750 emergency responders. BGE is proud to support its local emergency responders and safety organizations both financially and through our commitment to safety.
“BGE is also proud of our employees who, in 2014, logged more than 2,500 volunteer hours, dedicated directly to safety and emergency response organizations, including volunteer fire, EMS organizations and search and rescue organizations,” said Butler.
Following is a list of the organizations that received a 2014 BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grant of up to $10,000:
Anne Arundel County:
- Anne Arundel Alarmers Association – Canteen Replacement
- Arnold Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Extinguisher Training
- Citizens Corps Council of Anne Arundel County – CERT Traffic Management
- Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company – Rescue Tool Replacement
- Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company – Thermal Imager and Gas Meter
- Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company – Utility Vehicle Equipment
- Odenton Volunteer Fire Company – Replacement Tools
- Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Department – CPR Training
- Southern Reserve Police Foundation – Reserve Officer Safety Initiative
- American Red Cross Central Maryland – Disaster Relief
- Maryland Sheriffs Institute – Single Officer Response to an Active Threat (SORAT) Training
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation – Smoke Alarms (Baltimore City Fire Department Initiative)
- Shomrim of Baltimore Inc. – Emergency Response Patrols
- William S. Baer School – Emergency Support Kits
- Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department – Hose, Cutter and Gas Meters
- Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company – Responder Program
- Baltimore Radio Amateur TV – Infrastructure Expansion
- Chesapeake Search and Rescue – K-9 Search Safety
- Community Fire Department of Bowleys Quarters – Equipment Upgrades
- Hereford Volunteer Fire Company – Hydraulic Tools
- Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Department – ATV Purchase
- Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company – Medic Unit Replacement
- Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company – Thermal Imaging Camera
- Middle River Volunteer Fire Company – Thermal Imaging Camera
- Middle River Volunteer Ambulance – Fire Safety and Readiness Improvements
- Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company – Gas Meters
- Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company – Metering and Ventilation Upgrade
- Providence Volunteer Fire Company – Vehicle Extrication and Lighting Upgrade
- Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company – MX4 Monitors Upgrade
- Towson University Foundation – Emergency Preparedness Training
- White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company – CPR Device Procurement
- Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company – Thermal Imaging Camera
- Carroll County Emergency Services – Medical Assistance Training
- Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department – Heart Defibrillator Upgrades
- Winfield Community Volunteer Fire – Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) Fans
- Abingdon Fire Company – Rescue Boat Electronics Upgrade
- Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company – Fire House Improvement
- Community Fire Company of Rising Sun – Thermal Imaging Camera
- Darlington Volunteer Fire Company – Outdoor Lighting and Signage Upgrades
- Harford County Volunteer Fire – Footwear (Fire Boot) Replacement
- Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Civil Air Patrol – Search and Rescue Support
- Ellicott City Historical District – District Safety Initiative
- Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company – Thermal Imager
Prince George’s County
- Bowie Volunteer Fire Department – Thermal Imaging Camera
- Disaster Aid USA – Domestic Disaster Relief Trailer
- Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad – Forcible Entry Tool
- Volunteer Fire Company Laurel – Electric Pressure Ventilation Fans
Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address public safety, economic development, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, environment, community development and arts and culture.
BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years with a focus on the areas of education, arts and culture, the environment and community development. BGE’s commitment to the Emergency Response and Safety Grants program fulfills part of that commitment.
For more information on the BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grants program, visit bge.com. To view photos from the event, visit BGE’s Flickr site.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.