$74,000 Exxon grant funds disaster training

Local emergency-response teams benefited last weekend from three days of training funded by a $74,000 grant from ExxonMobil.

About 50 participants from throughout northwest Colorado received specialist training in Meeker on responding to major emergencies and disasters.

The event culminated with a simulated major incident with the help of community volunteers.

The ExxonMobil Foundation provided the grant. ExxonMobil operates seven drilling rigs in Rio Blanco County.

Representatives of area fire departments, St. Mary’s Hospital, other emergency responders and several energy companies were among the participants.

“The grant is part of ExxonMobil’s continuing commitment to support medical resources in the region,” said Matt Briney, ExxonMobil’s Piceance operations superintendent.

The grant follows a recent $500,000 donation by the company to the St. Mary’s Hospital Century Project construction work and CareFlight air medical transport program.

A helicopter crew from the ExxonMobil 3D Seismic operations also recently helped the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department by responding to a rescue of a mountain climber who was injured in a fall.


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