USA — Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) announced today that it has donated $500,000 to the State of Californias Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to help support the cost of battling the states severe wildfires this year.
“On behalf of the people of California, I offer Chevron my sincere thanks for its generous donation to support our states firefighting efforts in the face of one of the most difficult and costly fire seasons in history” Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said. “California has the most courageous and best trained firefighters in the world, and we must ensure they are equipped with the resources needed to protect our communities. The cooperation during this years fires has been fantastic, and I am pleased to see private support because as Californians, we are all in this situation together”
The Chevron donation is in response to the more than 2,000 fires this summer that engulfed nearly 1.2 million acres across the state several times the annual average and required the response of firefighters from CAL FIRE, local firefighters and other volunteers.
“As a California company, were grateful for the courage and determination of California firefighters who put themselves at risk to protect our state and its resources” said Chevron vice chairman Peter Robertson. “This contribution is, in part, recognition of their outstanding public service”
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of more than 31 million acres of Californias privately-owned wildlands. The Departments firefighters, fire engines, and aircraft respond to an average of more than 5,600 wildland fires each year. Those fires burn more than 172,000 acres annually.
“I am pleased with this demonstration of Chevrons commitment to public safety and partnership with CAL FIRE” said Chief Ruben Grijalva. “Wildfires and other disasters strike California all too often. With support from public and private organizations, such as Chevron, CAL FIRE stands ready to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters that may impact all Californians. Chevrons demonstration of corporate responsibility serves as a great example of public/private partnerships within Californias emergency response community”
Chevron has a history of providing support when natural disasters occur in the state, most recently a $500,000 grant from the Chevron Foundation in October 2007 for relief efforts related to the Southern California wildfires. In addition to the monetary support in 2007, Chevron also provided 20,000 bottles of water, 11,500 meals and a firefighting team and engine was dispatched from the Richmond Refinery. About Chevron in California
Chevron Corporation is one of the worlds leading integrated energy companies with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. A California-based company that has continuously operated in the state since 1881, Chevron is headquartered in San Ramon and employs more than 10,000 of its 59,000-person global workforce within the state. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products and services; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron also provides support to public and private organizations in California with a shared focus of driving long-term social and economic progress.