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The Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, a group of medically trained volunteers who provide medical and public health assistance to the community, has received a $1,000 donation from Tenaska, BCMRC Director Don Ware announced today.
"On behalf of the BCMRC and our sponsor, the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, I want to thank Tenaska for this generous contribution in support of our work to preserve and enhance the health and safety of our area citizens," he said.
The BCMRC is part of a nationwide network of local community volunteers with medical training and support personnel who work with such entities as police and fire departments, city and county governments, health departments, hospitals and medical schools to improve public health and ensure preparedness for and respond to medical emergencies.
Ware said the BCMRC now includes more than 40 physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, mental health professionals and veterinarians as well as many essential non-medical volunteers. Tenaska's donation will be used to train and prepare responders and to purchase equipment.
Tenaska, based in Omaha, Neb., with a regional office and natural gas and electric power marketing affiliates located in the Dallas, Texas, is one of the nation's largest independent energy companies. It is developing the proposed Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center, a state-of-the-art carbon capturing coal-fueled power plant, near Sweetwater.
Tenaska Development Director Helen Manroe said the company's support of BCMRC is consistent with its commitment to health and safety at the 17 power generation plants it operates or oversees in the United States, including three in Texas.
"Our employees are consistently recognized for their 'safety first' culture with awards from the National Safety Council, and in turn we are pleased to help support the valuable work of the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps in helping protect the health and safety of Nolan County area residents," she said.
The Trailblazer Energy Center will be a 600-megawatt generating plant with technologically advanced controls designed to capture 85 to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The CO2 will be shipped via pipeline to Permian Basin oil fields to be used for enhanced oil recovery. The project is estimated to bring 1,500 jobs at peak construction and create more than 100 permanent jobs during operation.