To enhance training for first responders across the state of West Virginia and beyond, Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) donated $10,000 to the West Virginia University Fire Service Extension (WVU-FSE). CPG officials presented the check at the State Fire Training Academy in Weston, W.Va., on June 29, 2015.
“Helping to train those who keep our families and communities safe is one of the most important missions we have at Columbia,”said Steve Nelson, operations manager with Columbia Pipeline Group. “There is no other facility in West Virginia that educates more first responders, so this partnership is a natural fit as the heart of our natural gas transmission system is located in the Mountain State.”
The donation was made during the WVU-FSE Junior Firefighter Camp, where 138 teens from 12 states participated to gain interest and insight in becoming future emergency service personnel. Campers from as far away as Arizona and Puerto Rico took part in hands-on training exercises, including fighting live fire, under the supervision of firefighters and other emergency professionals.
CPG also gives back throughout the year to first responders across West Virginia and other states to support their critical work. This includes donating natural gas detection monitors, which not only ensure personal safety, but also for the training of ambient air applications and monitoring natural gas.
About WVU Fire Service Extension:
West Virginia University Fire Service Extension (WVU-FSE) is a leader in providing critical, high-quality training to public and private sector emergency responders. WVU-FSE works with federal, state, and local organizations to meet national consensus standards and develop needed curricula. They train firefighters, emergency service workers, military, and industry.