ABB Foundation Makes Generous Donation to the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc.

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Wilton, Connecticut – The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. (WVAC) recently received a $20,000.00 donation from the ABB Foundation.   ABB moved its local offices from Merritt 7 in Norwalk to Danbury Road about a year ago.

“The ABB Foundation is committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities in which ABB employees live and work. We hope this grant will assist you in a meaningful way,” said Daniel Hagmann, S.V.P. & Chief Investment Officer, Regional Treasurer Americas, ABB Inc.  “We are impressed that the volunteers cover the Town 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are especially thankful for their response during one of our major storms,” added Hagmann.  The Foundation makes direct donations and also matches funds raised by employees to such causes.  Funding comes from donations made by ABB employees across the United States and also some funding by the company.  The ABB Foundation donation  is specifically earmarked  for  WVAC’s purchase of the PowerLoad System.

Ergonomically designed to reduce operator and patient injuries, Stryker EMS’ Power-LOAD system hydraulically lifts patients weighing up to 700 lbs. The battery-powered hydraulic lift system supports the cot and patient during loading and unloading into and out of the ambulance, reducing spinal loads and the risk of cumulative trauma injuries to the EMS worker.  The Power-LOAD cot fastener system will improve WVAC’s operator and patient safety.

“The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps would like to thank the ABB Foundation for their very generous gift.  Without the support of Corporations and donations from our community, we would not be able to do what we do.  We really enjoy helping people in their time of need. Gifts like this one allow us to be better equipped to do just that,” said Brian Heffernan, Treasurer of WVAC.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 160,000 people. The company’s North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employs approximate 20,000 people over 30 manufacturing and other major facilities. On a worldwide basis ABB is the largest supplier of industrial motors and drives, the largest provider of generators to the wind industry, the largest supplier of power grids, and the largest transformer manufacturer.  They build automation products for industrial applications to improve business efficiencies.  Visit if you would like to understand more about the company

In the last few years, ABB has dramatically expanded its US operations with the acquisitions of Baldor (motors, mechanical power transmission), Thomas & Betts (low-voltage products), Ventyx (enterprise software) and PowerOne (solar inverters).  This focus on technology development has produced numerous breakthroughs and industry firsts, many in the United States, from the world’s largest drive at NASA’s National Transonic Facility Wind Tunnel in Virginia to the world’s largest battery energy storage system in Fairbanks, Alaska. ABB has even supplied robots featured in the Terminator and Iron Man films.

In addition, ABB is “committed to a high standard of integrity which is expected of every employee and in every country” where business is done.  In fact, the Ethisphere Institute named ABB as one of the world’s most ethical companies in 2013.  “ABB was recognized because of its demonstrated leadership in ethical business practices,” according to the Ethisphere Institute.

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.   Information:


Photo (from left to right):  Robert Storck, Secretary of WVAV; Brian Raggio, Vice President of WVAC; Daniel Hagmann, Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, ABB Inc.; Brian Heffernan, Treasurer of WVAC; Shevaun Macari, Vice President, Insurance & Risk Management, ABB, Inc.; Lynn O’Donnell, Bookkeeper of WVAC; Chris Gardner, President of WVAC