July 3, 2013
Koch Pipeline Company and Flint Hills Resources plan to contribute a total of around $125,000 to 180 different volunteer fire departments and local emergency responders in Texas communities where the companies operate. The grants, which will be distributed over the next few weeks are earmarked for equipment and training for these organizations that provide critical services to keep communities safe. Both companies are subsidiaries of Koch Industries, Inc.
“Koch companies appreciate the dedication and bravery of volunteer firefighters and first responders. Their service to America’s small towns and rural communities – many of which are home to a Koch company – is vital. They play an important role in keeping their communities safe and we are proud to offer our thanks and support in return,” said Jim Mahoney, executive vice president of operations excellence and compliance for Koch Industries.
According to the Texas Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association, 72 percent of the fire departments in the state are volunteer departments and are comprised of nearly 30,000 volunteer firefighters.
“We know that many of these departments have very slim budgets. These funds, which can be used for equipment or other needs, will enable them to continue to serve their communities,” said Phil Gaarder, vice president of operations for Flint Hills Resources.
“Many of the communities where we do business rely heavily on volunteer firefighters to help keep them safe, especially during hot and dry conditions,” said Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company. “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to these volunteer fire departments for their continued service.”
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