WCEMA serves as the lead agency to “Prepare, Respond, Recover and Mitigate” emergencies in Webster County. The agency relies heavily on volunteers. The agency also directly oversees the Webster County Search & Rescue team and works directly with the nine fire departments, two ambulance services, and four police departments in the county. WCEMA works directly with the six cities within the county and county government to prepare for disasters.
“The Webster County Emergency Management group would like to thank TransCanada for its very much appreciated donation to the agency and the citizens of the county,” said Jeremy Moore, EMA director. “The UTV will be used to improve emergency response activities across Webster County and will be made available to other agencies for mutual aid response,” Moore added. “This will speed up response, cut down on rescue fatigue and improve community event response activities.”
TransCanada is a leader in the field of North America’s energy infrastructure. The company owns 35,500 miles of pipeline that taps into virtually all major natural gas supply basins in North America. “We operate in Canada, the United States and Mexico,” said Gary Schreffler who is the Community Relations Specialist for Mid America with TransCanada. “We have a little over 42,500 miles of natural gas and oil pipe in all three countries. We also have hydro-electric power, wind, solar and gas powered plants.”
Most people in this area know the pipeline as the ANR Pipeline Company. In Kentucky the company has 3 employees, 278 miles of pipe and one compressor station, located on US 41A near Nebo. In 2011 they paid $280,613 in taxes.
“Safety is our number one goal,” said Brad Willoughby with TransCanada. “That is why we push so hard with 811. We do a lot of work with the National FFA and 4-H.” Working with these two organizations has allowed TransCanada to help get the gasline safety message into schools.
“If we can teach these youth what’s right, our lives and their lives will be better off,” Schreffler said. Schreffler said that they also do a lot of work with small emergency and fire departments as well. The way TransCanada sees it, they have a vested interest in the communities they serve.
“We’re glad to have you gentlemen with us, but I also want to say that I’m proud of Jeremy Moore,” Magistrate Tony Felker added. “Since Judge Townsend appointed that young man, he has done a great job for our county. He’s stayed on top of these grants and really helped to get our county up to date.”
“I’ll speak from the government side in Frankfort,” said Pat Hardisty of the Kentucky EMA. “(Jeremy’s) done a great job.”
“There’s a lot of hoops to jump (to get grant money),” Willoubhy said. “To get involved in that and try to get it to work with you has to be a challenge.”
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