DENVER, CO - XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, today announced it has contributed $65,000 to fire departments and emergency services organizations—many of which are staffed by volunteers—in eastern Montana and western North Dakota to help fund training and equipment needs.
“XTO would like to thank the emergency responders for the important services they provide to the Bakken area communities,” said John Baker, vice president, XTO Energy Western Division. “We are pleased to support our first responders as we share the same goal. Safety is XTO’s top priority as well.”
Watford City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Philip Riely said he will now be able to equip the department’s vehicles with new mobile devices to aid in the prompt dispatch of equipment throughout its vast coverage area.
“With our rescue trucks covering approximately 1,100 square miles, and multiple well sites, the GPS-aided navigation will drastically reduce our response time,” Riely said. “Organizations such as XTO, that place importance on supporting your local EMS, deserve a hearty handshake and a pat on the back from all those in the communities they serve.”
Ann Hafner, Killdeer Area Ambulance Service Manager, said the grant from XTO will enable her team to provide safety outreach in the Dunn County area.
“This grant allowed us to purchase much-needed equipment for community CPR and AED [automatic external defibrillator] training for schools, daycare providers, law enforcement and assisted living homes,” Hafner said. “As North Dakota EMS agencies continue to face threats to our survival in rural communities, community-minded companies like XTO Energy are of great assistance in finding the funding necessary to continue operations.”
The following organizations received grants from XTO Energy in 2016:
- Alexander Rural Fire Protection District
- Arnegard Rural Fire District
- Fairview Volunteer Fire Department
- Keene Volunteer Fire Department
- Killdeer Area Ambulance Service
- Mandaree Volunteer Fire Department
- McKenzie County Emergency Management
- Sidney Volunteer Fire Department
- Tioga Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance
- Watford City Volunteer Fire Department
- West Dunn Fire Protection District
- Williston Fire Department
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