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Alcoa Makes Award to Pennsylvania's Emergency Management Agency; $100,000 Grant for First Responder Training Made in Ceremony with Gov. Rendell
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 1, 2003--At ceremonies today
attended by Governor Rendell and Alcoa officials, Alcoa (NYSE:AA)
announced that it has awarded $100,000 to the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania's Emergency Management Agency to assist in the deployment
of First Responder Training for professionals and private citizens who
respond immediately to accidents, public emergencies or natural
The Pennsylvania grant is part of nearly $1.5 million in grants
that Alcoa has awarded in the last three months in more than 108 Alcoa
communities around the world to increase community preparedness
training for a wide range of emergencies. The grants are part of the
Alcoa Relief Fund, a $2.5 million pledge that Alcoa and Alcoa
Foundation made in the wake of September 11 to help communities where
Alcoa operates and those directly affected by the events of
This $100,000 grant represents a special award to help
Pennsylvania prepare those professionals and civilians who are trained
and ready to respond to emergencies. This grant honors those who
perished near Shanksville, PA on Flight 93 on September 11 and
supports the emergency response training of many other Pennsylvanians.
"We have thousands of employees in Pennsylvania, and more than a
dozen facilities here. This is a state that bore a special burden on
September 11, and it is the state where Alcoa was founded and
continues to flourish. This is why we have made a special award to the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to assist in the training of more people
who respond first to emergencies and disasters," said Richard B.
Kelson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alcoa.
"Because of their training and compassion, these emergency
volunteers and public safety professionals are able to save lives,
prevent injury or loss of property and restore calm when trouble
strikes unexpectedly. Alcoa's Relief Fund expresses Alcoa's commitment
to safety and community well being, and fulfills our pledge to help
Alcoa communities directly in a meaningful way in the wake of
September 11, 2001," added Kelson who presented the check to Governor
Rendell in Harrisburg.
Alcoa Foundation administers the Alcoa Relief Fund. In addition to
the special $100,000 grant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, seven
other Alcoa communities in Pennsylvania have or will receive awards
from the Alcoa Relief Fund for First Responder training in their
Prior grants of the Relief Fund have included support for small
and medium sized businesses in the vicinity of the World Trade Center
in New York City, the restoration of the only architectural scale
model of the World trade Center by Save America's Treasures, a
partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and for
other human service needs in New York. Additional grants from Alcoa
Foundation supported emergency related needs in Washington D.C. and
New York City immediately after September 11.