Harris County Emergency Corps receives donation for a new education center

Last week Gerald Crader (middle)

HOUSTN, Sep. 17, 2012 – Global oilfield services company Baker Hughes has generously donated $100,000 to local nonprofit Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) for the creation of the Baker Hughes–HCEC Education Center.

“We feel this is a worthy cause and an important investment in safety. At Baker Hughes, our employees are passionate about protecting their own safety and looking out for their fellow workers and citizens,” said Gerald Crader, Baker Hughes’ Vice President of Finance. “We believe this gesture and contribution will have a tremendous impact in one of the many communities where we live and work.”

The Education Center will be located at HCEC’s headquarters at 2800 Aldine Bender Road in Houston, Texas. The center will be used to educate HCEC and other local paramedics on new advances in prehospital medicine. It also will serve as a center for community education initiatives, such as community CPR, first aid/safety courses, and local community emergency response team classes.

“One of our Corps’ values is stewardship,” said Jeremy Hyde, President of HCEC. “Part of being a good steward is being a good community partner. We believe this new Baker Hughes-HCEC Education Center will serve as a great place for community members to learn about our organization and also learn important skills, which may make the difference between life and death.”

HCEC and Baker Hughes first began collaborating when Baker Hughes approached HCEC regarding training for its medical first responders for its Rankin Road campus in northern Harris County, Texas. That grew into training opportunities for other Baker Hughes facilities and mutual collaboration on community initiatives, such as this new Education Center.

HCEC is a nonprofit, EMS provider in Harris County, Texas. The Corps primarily provides 911 responses to emergency medical calls to citizens of Northern Harris County and responds to approximately 18,000 calls for service each year (www.hcec.com).

Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company’s 58,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. For more information on Baker Hughes’ century-long history, visit: www.bakerhughes.com.