For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (April 3, 2018) – BGE today awarded $310,000 in BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grants to 75 area nonprofit organizations at a ceremony held at Stevenson University. The grant recipients are located throughout the BGE service area in nine Maryland counties and Baltimore City and this year included 24 first-time grant recipients.
"At BGE, there is nothing more important than the safety of our employees and customers. We appreciate deeply the critical role played by organizations focused on public safety and emergency response in our communities," said Alexander Núñez, senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. "We are grateful for the partnerships we have with organizations that share our commitment to safety."
BGE's Emergency Response and Safety Grant program, now in its sixth year, supports area nonprofits by providing strategic funding that enables the success of their emergency response and safety programs. Some of this year's grants will assist agencies in purchasing vital equipment, such as thermal imaging cameras, smoke alarms, CPR devices and funding for emergency preparedness drills and equipment. Over the last six years, BGE's program has provided nearly $2 million to 333 nonprofit organizations who share BGE's commitment to the safety of central Maryland residents.
The following is a list of the organizations awarded with a BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grant this year:
Anne Arundel County:
Prince George's County:
In addition to supporting the emergency responder community in Maryland, BGE provides training for fire, police, 911 centers and emergency management organizations who routinely work around utility equipment. BGE is recognized for its own emergency response record, ranking among the top utilities in the nation for rapid response to gas emergency calls and for preventing damages to energy equipment.
BGE works within Maryland's communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and contributes to strategic 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, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable power delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. J.D. Power's 2017 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM ranked BGE highest in customer satisfaction with business electric service in the east among large utilities. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.