For Immediate Release
In its second year, BGE’s grant program recognizes company’s long-standing support of and
collaboration with emergency service organizations
BALTIMORE (Jan. 30, 2014) — In an effort to enhance safety, emergency preparedness and
emergency response and recovery in its central Maryland service area, Baltimore Gas and Electric
Company (BGE) presented more than $350,000 in grants to 41 emergency response and safety
organizations. In its second year, the Emergency Response and Safety Grant program, specifically
designed to support emergency response and safety organizations, is 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 the American Red Cross Chesapeake Region Headquarters in
Baltimore, where company officials presented the grants to representatives from these organizations.
Grant monies will be used to fund equipment, programs or services that are critical to the safety of the
communities BGE serves.
“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., senior vice president of regulatory and
external affairs 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, are poised to respond in times of need. 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. 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.”
Also in attendance at today’s ceremony was Ken Mallette, Executive Director of the Maryland
Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
“BGE and its parent company, Exelon Corporation, are strong partners of the Maryland Emergency
Management Agency throughout the year and it is my pleasure to extend MEMA’s support and
gratitude for the BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grant Program. It is exciting to see so many
nonprofit and voluntary entities receive the monetary support they so deserve for the hard work they do
in our communities to prepare and protect our citizens. We truly believe organizations like today’s
honorees are critical to the well-being of our communities.”
BGE launched the Emergency Response and Safety Grant program in early 2012 and has provided
more than $670,000 to nearly 60 nonprofit organizations since the program’s inception.
“BGE is also proud of our employees who, in 2013, logged more than 1,100 volunteer hours with
safety and emergency response organizations, including volunteer fire, EMS organizations and the
American Red Cross,” said Butler. “In addition, BGE offers complimentary electric and natural gas
safety training to emergency responders through our White Marsh Utility Training Center. In 2013,
BGE conducted nearly 20 electric hazard awareness demonstrations for 750 participants from various
fire, police, EMS and county agencies. In addition, BGE’s natural gas operations and safety personnel
conducted more than 30 natural gas safety demonstrations at fire houses across central Maryland for
nearly 650 emergency responders. We are proud to support our local emergency responders and safety
organizations both financially and through our commitment to safety.”
Following is a list of the organizations that received grants and the equipment and/or programs the
grants are funding:
Anne Arundel County:
Prince George’s County
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.
view photos from the event, visit BGE’s Flickr site.