DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE DONATED $20,000 TO JASPER , WEBSTER, BOONE, STORY, POLK AND CALHOUN COUNTIES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Check Presentation was held on Thursday, October 19th in Cambridge, Iowa. Dakota Access donated a total of $360,000 to Eighteen Counties along the Pipeline Route in Iowa. Josh Harding, Jasper County EMA Program Manager, is in the middle accepting on behalf of the Jasper County EMA.
CAMBRIDGE, IA, October 19, 2017 – Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC announced today plans to donate $20,000 to each first responder department across Iowa in the counties through which the pipeline passes, totaling $360,000. The second of a series of check presentations was held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Fire Department 2nd floor, 220 S River St. Cambridge, Iowa. Dakota Access presented $20,000 checks to Calhoun, Webster, Boone, Story, Polk and Jasper Counties’ Emergency Management Departments.
Dakota Access Pipeline is committed to being a good neighbor, a good business partner and a valued member of Iowa’s communities. Dakota Access will make similar donations to county emergency management departments across its four-state route, totaling $1 million across 50 counties in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
“Jasper County will utilize the funds to develop additional capacity in three general response areas,” said Jim Sparks, Jasper County’s Emergency Manager. “That includes HazMat operations and decontamination training/supplies, firefighting foam to supplement existing supplies, and additional communications and surveillance equipment for the County Mobile Command Post.”
“This is very exciting news and we are appreciative of Dakota Access recognizing the first responder community in Polk County,” said A.J. Mumm, Director of Polk County’s Emergency Management Agency. “We plan to use the money to enhance a mobile command post and responder rehab unit. All responders in the county will have access to the command post and rehab unit through the emergency management agency.”
Calhoun County’s fire departments will split the funds, organized by Steve O’Connor, Emergency Manager for Calhoun County. Boone County Emergency Manager, Dave Morlan, stated that their county might use the funds for hazmat training and related equipment.
Also accepting the donation were Keith Morgan, Story County’s Emergency Manager, and Scott Forbes, Webster County’s Emergency Manager.
Dakota Access Pipeline traverses approximately 134 miles through Calhoun, Webster, Boone, Story, Polk and Jasper counties in Iowa. Separately, Dakota Access recently donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help offset the costs the state incurred for the response to the protests. The company is also donating to the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the Iowa FFA Foundation.