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EGP provides funding for OSFA during recent presentation

February 13, 2019 - 00:00
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    EGP TO OSFA - Among those on hand for a presentation to OSFA be EGP were, from left: Phillip Edwards, Enel Green Power; Rep. Carl Newton; Steve Lumry, executive director OSFA; Rupert Irving, county commissioner; Sheri Nickel, administrative director, OSFA

Enel Green Power North America (EGP), the state’s largest operator of wind energy, announced recently it will provide $35,000 in funding to the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association (OSFA) to support fire departments across the state.

The funding, which comes as the state heads into the 2019 wildfire season, was presented to OSFA at an event Jan. 18 in Dewey County, one of the hardest hit communities during the 2018 wildfires. The presentation was made at the Dewey County Courthouse in Taloga.

In attendance were Rep. Mike Sanders, Rep. Carl Newton, Sen. Casey Murdock, Steve Lumry and Sheri Nickels of the OFSA and Trish Williams, Phillip Edwards and Jonathan Gray of Enel Green Power North America.

“It is a privilege to represent these 175 departments that responded to the massive wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma and to be entrusted by Enel to coordinate this much appreciated emergency response funding to benefit these departments for their heroic efforts,” said Nickels, administrative director of the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association.

“Thank you to Enel Energy for their very generous donation to our firefighters who fought the fires this past spring in Dewey County. Can’t say thank you enough for their support. They are wonderful community partners,” said Sanders.

The $35,000 in funding will be distributed by the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association to multiple departments across the state.

“Enel’s generous donation for firefighters who battled the Rhea fire shows their commitment to protecting our land,” said Dillon Berry, Dewey County commissioner. “Our way of life depends on brave Oklahoma volunteers, and it’s good to know our neighbors at Enel understand this.”

“Enel Green Power is proud to support our first responders across the state,” said Trish Williams, Oklahoma community relations, Enel Green Power North America. “Following last year’s devastating wildfires, there is a continued need, especially as we head into the time of year when these events are more likely. It is our hope that these funds can provide fire departments in the hardest hit areas with some additional support to help rebuild for the possibility of future events.”