Donations Help Volunteer Fire Departments Buy Rescue Equipment

Donations Help Volunteer Fire Departments Buy Rescue Equipment

Two Iowa ethanol plants helping two local volunteer fire departments buy state-of- the-art rescue equipment.

As part of its continued commitment to support local fire departments and first responders, Flint Hills Resources is helping two local volunteer fire departments in Iowa purchase state-of-the art rescue equipment.

"Volunteer firefighters play an essential role in protecting our communities," says David Cotten, plant manager at Flint Hills Resources Iowa Falls. "It is important they have the necessary equipment to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies." The Iowa Falls Volunteer Fire Department will upgrade its emergency services with the purchase of an aerial ladder truck, enhancing firefighter safety for the Iowa Falls' volunteers.

MENLO FIRE AND RESCUE: At Menlo, Iowa, the fire department plans to spend the $2,500 donation on new grain bin rescue equipment, a critical part of emergency response in farming communities. From left: Michael Corbett, health and safety manager at Flint Hills Resources Menlo; Kayla Gilman, Dustan Powell, Michael Culver, Ben Gilman (chief), Chris Sciarrotta and Nathan Wolfe of Menlo Fire and Rescue; Todd Benton, plant manager, Flint Hills Resources Menlo.

This is the second donation Flint Hills Resources made to the Iowa Falls department in 2013. Earlier in the year, the company donated funds for the purchase of new gear bags to store and transport firefighters' equipment. In total, Flint Hills Resources donated nearly $5,000 to the Iowa Falls Fire Department in 2013. 

Responding quickly and effectively to emergencies is the first priority of local fire departments

"Responding quickly and effectively to emergencies is our number one priority," says Rick Gustin, Iowa Falls Fire Chief. "With the help of community partners like Flint Hills Resources, we are able to provide the necessary services to protect the people in our fire district."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

IOWA FALLS FIRE DEPARTMENT: New tools provided by $5,000 donation will buy new tools that will enhance emergency response capabilities of Iowa Falls fire department. From left to right: David Cotten, plant manager at Flint Hills Resources Iowa Falls; Bernie Koehrsen and Dennis Barrick of Iowa Falls Fire Department; Mark Dolce, health and safety manager at Flint Hills Resources Iowa Falls.

At Menlo, Iowa, the Menlo Fire and Rescue plans to spend their $2,500 donation on new grain bin rescue equipment, which is a critical part of emergency response in farming communities. "Grain bins are an essential part of farming operations," says Ben Gilman, chief of Menlo Fire and Rescue. "Having the necessary equipment to respond to farming emergencies can mean the difference between life and death."

The new equipment will be lightweight and durable, meaning it can be used repeatedly for trainings and in real-life emergencies. New rescue tubes are more maneuverable than previous models and allow rescuers to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies.

In 2013, Flint Hills Resources has donated more than $100,000 to local fire departments across the U.S. to enhance their operations.

About Flint Hills Resources: Flint Hills Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, is a leading refining, biofuels and chemicals company. Its subsidiaries market products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, biodiesel, olefins, polymers and intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils and asphalt. 

Flint Hills Resources operates ethanol plants in Iowa at Arthur, Fairbank, Iowa Falls, Menlo and Shell Rock. It also operates an ethanol plant at Fairmont, Neb. The plants have a combined annual capacity of 650 million gallons of ethanol. The company also owns biodiesel facilities in Texas and Nebraska and has made equity investments in bioenergy companies working to innovate and optimize biofuel production.

The refining business operates refineries in Alaska (North Pole), Minnesota (Rosemount) and Texas (Corpus Christi), with a combined crude oil processing capacity of nearly 670,000 barrels per day. The petrochemical business includes production facilities in Illinois, Michigan and Texas. The asphalt business produces and markets product in the Midwest and Alaska. A subsidiary owns an interest in a lubricants base oil facility in Louisiana.

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