Pictured above (l-r): Mark Raines of BHP and the volunteer fire department chiefs of Van Buren County.
The Van Buren County Office of Emergency Management has accepted a $12,000 donation from BHP Billiton to assist with the purchase of new equipment for volunteer fire departments. The contribution comes as part of a larger $60,000 donation to assist with volunteer fire departments in multiple counties.
“BHP Billiton’s support will ensure that our volunteer fire departments have the upgraded equipment required to respond to the needs of their communities,” said Roger Hooper, Van Buren County judge.
The total $60,000 is being divided among five counties, including Van Buren, to assist with volunteer fire departments. The other counties to benefit; Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner and White.
“We greatly respect the important responsibility that volunteer fire departments and the Office of Emergency Management have in helping the residents of Van Buren County during emergencies,” said Danny Games, external affairs manager at BHP Billiton. “We applaud their commitment of volunteer emergency responders and hope this donation will make their jobs easier in protecting our fellow Arkansans.”
BHP Billiton, one of the largest natural gas operators in Arkansas’ Fayetteville Shale, with more than 467,000 lease acres, made a similar donation to county OEM offices a year ago to assist with satisfying an unfunded mandate for upgrading digital communication systems.
About the Van Buren County OEM
The Van Buren County Office of Emergency Management is dedicated to protecting the residents and businesses of Van Buren County in the event of an emergency. It is OEM’s duty to provide training for Van Buren County first responders, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, medical personnel and residents in order to better prepare the community to manage abnormal events. The Van Buren County OEM takes a proactive role in preparing the community for all types of emergencies and hazards that impact the area. For more information, visit the OEM website at VanBurenCountyOEM.org