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Georgia-Pacific donates ETV to Lawrence County

PHOTO SUBMITTED / Pictured are (from left) Georgia-Pacific fire brigade coordinator Larry Bass; Topeka Volunteer Fire Department and GP employee Brett King; Topeka VFD Chief Charlie Turner; Lawrence County fire coordinator Jared Evans; and Daniel Turner, Topeka VFD and GP employee.

PHOTO SUBMITTED / Pictured are (from left) Georgia-Pacific fire brigade coordinator Larry Bass; Topeka Volunteer Fire Department and GP employee Brett King; Topeka VFD Chief Charlie Turner; Lawrence County fire coordinator Jared Evans; and Daniel Turner, Topeka VFD and GP employee.

MONTICELLO -Georgia-Pacific Monticello announced today the donation of an Emergency Transport Vehicle to Lawrence County, which intends to designate it for use by the Lawrence County Fire Department District Three station at Topeka.

The ETV was part of the Monticello mill’s safety department, which includes its own private volunteer fire and rescue brigade. GP Monticello recently purchased a new ETV for mill use.

“Lawrence County and the LCFD District Three station appreciate the donation of this ETV,” said Jared Evans, county fire coordinator. “This vehicle will greatly assist rescue operations and firefighter rehabilitation and medical evaluation needs within the county’s fire service.”

Evans, district chief Charlie Turner and other fire officers from district three were presented the keys to the ETV at the GP Monticello mill and immediately took it to its new home at District Three’s Topeka Station.

“We’re proud to have the opportunity to meet a significant need of our local community fire department,” said Ray Melick, public affairs manager for Georgia-Pacific Monticello. “This is a continuation of our support of our first responders, who risk their lives to better ensure the safety and security of the people in our communities, including our employees.”

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs nearly 35,000 people worldwide. Founded in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation has four key investment areas – education, community enrichment, the environment and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, visit www.gp.com/gpfoundation.

Georgia-Pacific’s Monticello Containerboard mill produces linerboard in various grades and weights for domestic and export box plants. The mill was founded in 1968 and acquired by Georgia-Pacific in 1984. As Lawrence County’s largest manufacturing employer, Monticello containerboard employs approximately 450 direct jobs and approximately 1,800 indirect jobs in Monticello and the surrounding communities.