By WI Web Staff
Baltimore Gas and Electric awarded more than $272,000 in Emergency Response and Safety Grants to 65 area nonprofit organizations during a ceremony held Monday at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department in Baltimore County.
The grant recipients — which include organizations in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties — are located throughout the BGE service area in nine Maryland counties and Baltimore City.
“At BGE, there is nothing more important than the safety of our employees and customers, and we are grateful for the partnerships we have with organizations that share our commitment to safety,” said Alexander Núñez, senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “First responders risk their lives each and every day, often advancing toward danger in order to keep the rest of us safe. They play a critical role in our communities and it is our pleasure to help support them in their selfless mission.”
BGE’s Emergency Response and Safety Grant program, now in its seventh 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 defibrillators, ice rescue equipment, and funding for emergency preparedness drills and active shooter training. Over the last seven years, BGE’s program has provided over $2 million to 398 nonprofit organizations who share BGE’s commitment to the safety of central Maryland residents.
The following DC-area organizations awarded this year with a BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grant include Maryland Emergency Management Association- EMS and Homeland Security Symposium and Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S.- Personal Protective Equipment for Handlers and Dogs in Montgomery County, and Disaster Aid USA- Disaster Response Preparedness, Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad- Emergency Scene Lighting and Prince George’s County Fire Chiefs Community Advisory Council- Public Safety Education in 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.
This article originally appeared in the Washington Informer.