The EQT Corp. is making its presence known in Guernsey County, not only for its gas and oil activities, but also because of its generous donations to local entities.
The Guernsey County Firefighters Association was the latest beneficiary of EQT’s generosity.
This past week Mike Warner, president of the Guernsey County Firefighters Association, accepted a check for $23,335 from Jessica Baker, community adviser for EQT, at the Cambridge Fire Department.
“EQT is happy to support fire departments for their hard work and dedication within their communities,” Baker said. “The check was a result of a grant from EQT’s Foundation.”
Said Warner, “We applied for the grant in mid-December and notified in January that we would get the money. In fact, we were at a training exercise at Cassell Station, which was sponsored by EQT, when we heard the news. It’s a huge asset to all fire departments in Guernsey County and enables us to purchase 15 Panasonic Toughbook laptops. The laptops will have information readily available for firefighters to identify problems at any emergency, whether it is a fire or a hazardous material spill.
“There is no way we could afford the laptops without EQT’s donation. The laptops are another tool for first responders and for the safety of the citizens of our county.”
According to Panasonic’s website, Toughbook mobile computers have armored cases and are engineered to withstand drops, spills, dust and grime,and to perform in the harshest environments.
Cambridge Fire Chief Jeff Deeks added that the Guernsey County Emergency Management Agency will supply a “thumb drive” for information and response to any type of hazardous spill, and includes a mapping program for any location in Guernsey County.
A USB flash (thumb) drive is a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface. USB flash drives are typically removable and rewritable, and physically much smaller than a floppy disk.
“Mapping will help us find any residence and evacuation routes. This thumb drive will be extremely helpful. Hopefully, we will never have to use it,” said Deeks.
EQT Corp. is one of the largest and oldest natural gas producers in the Appalachian Basin operating in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.