This grant is a way for BGE to further support organizations that are just as committed to safety as we are. BGE encourages 501c3 organizations that respond to the community’s needs during emergency preparedness and response efforts to apply for a grant.
BGE Presents $310,000 to More Than Forty Eight Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Organizations Across Central Maryland
On Jan. 22, 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.