Two local counties are now better equipped to respond to emergencies, thanks to a partnership with the natural gas and oil industry.
The Belmont County Emergency Management Agency held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to dedicate its new emergency response vehicle — a travel trailer that has been converted and equipped to serve as a mobile incident command center. The new vehicle was acquired at no cost to taxpayers, since the Ohio Oil and Gas Association was able to coordinate an effort by EQT Corp., Ascent Resources and Antero Resources to each pay a share of the $50,000 price tag. Mike Chadsey, marketing director for the OOGA, said the three companies are the primary gas and oil producers operating in Belmont County today and they were happy to help prepare the EMA to respond to any type of emergency.
Dave Ivan, EMA director, said the vehicle replaces an previous unit that had been created from an old school bus. At Ivan’s recommendation, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners voted to donate the bus-based unit valued at up to $10,000 to Monroe County, which previously had no mobile incident command center at all. Ivan also noted that more surrounding counties could benefit as well if the Belmont County EMA is called to assist another county with an emergency.
“I can’t thank you all enough,” Ivan said to the representatives of Ascent, EQT and Antero who were on hand Tuesday morning.Read the whole article by clicking here.
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