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Koch Pipeline, Flint Hills Resources Award Grants to Texas First Responders

 HOUSTON, Texas – As part of their 2015 Helping Heroes program, Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company have awarded approximately $175,000 to 38 emergency response organizations that provide services to more than 20 Texas counties. The grants were distributed in October in recognition of National Fire Prevention Month.

“The goal of Helping Heroes grants is to help fire departments and emergency respCorpusChristiHelpingHeroes2015onders purchase what they need, be it training or equipment,” said Phil Gaarder, executive vice president of operations for Flint Hills Resources.  “This year, the majority of the grants are for equipment needs to help keep our first responders safe.”

“The majority of Texas firefighters are volunteers so it’s important to honor this genuine, personal contribution,” said Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company.  “We are grateful for the essential services these dedicated individuals continuously provide to our communities.”

Grants awarded in 2015 ranged from $2,500 to $10,000 and were determined by a team of internal safety professionals based on the specific needs submitted by applicants. Applications were accepted from May 1 – August 1, 2015. A list of grant recipients is provided below.

Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company began the Helping Heroes grant program in 2012 to support Texas fire departments and emergency responders. The grants have been used for training, education, equipment, and emergency notification needs. Through 2015, the companies have awarded approximately $500,000 in grants across the state.

About Koch Pipeline Company

Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. owns or operates more than 4,000 miles of pipelined in Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois that transport crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas liquids and chemicals. More at www.kochpipeline.com.

 About Flint Hills Resources

Flint Hills Resources is an industry leader in refining, chemicals, and biofuels and ingredients, with operations primarily in Texas and the Midwest. Its manufacturing capability is built upon six decades of refining experience, and the company has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $11 billion since 2002. Based in Wichita, Kansas, the company has more than 5,000 employees and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. More at www.fhr.com.

 2015 Helping Heroes recipients:

OrganizationCounty or Counties Served
3-N-1 Volunteer Fire DepartmentBastrop
Delhi Volunteer Fire DepartmentBastrop
Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire DepartmentBee
San Antonio College Department of Protective ServicesBexar
Gardendale Volunteer Fire DepartmentBexar
Kirby Volunteer Firefighters Inc.Bexar
Caldwell County Office of Emergency ManagementCaldwell
Mid-County Volunteer Fire DepartmentCaldwell
Cove Fire and RescueChambers
Mont Belvieu Fire DepartmentChambers/Liberty
Winchester Volunteer Fire DepartmentFayette
Longview Fire DepartmentGregg/Harrison
Hardin County ESD 5Hardin
Hardin County ESD 2/Lumberton Fire & EMSHardin
Kountze Volunteer Fire DepartmentHardin
Houston Fire DepartmentHarris
Seabrook Volunteer Fire DepartmentHarris
Port Arthur Fire DepartmentJefferson
Port Neches Fire DepartmentJefferson
Groves Fire DepartmentJefferson
Jefferson County Emergency Services Dist. #1Jefferson
Karnes Volunteer Fire DepartmentKarnes
Karnes County EMSKarnes
Giddings Volunteer Fire DepartmentLee
Elm Mott Fire RescueMcLennan
Corpus Christi Fire DepartmentNueces
City of Orange Fire DepartmentOrange
Refugio Volunteer Fire DepartmentRefugio
Portland Volunteer Fire DepartmentSan Patricio
Sinton Volunteer Fire DepartmentSan Patricio
Ingleside Fire CorpSan Patricio
Taft Volunteer Fire DepartmentSan Patricio
Gregory Volunteer Fire DepartmentSan Patricio
Ingleside on the Bay Volunteer Fire DepartmentSan Patricio
Papalote Volunteer Fire DepartmentSan Patricio
City of Southlake Fire DepartmentTarrant
Edgecliff Village Fire DepartmentTarrant, Denton, Parker, Wise
Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency ServicesWilson