The Southlake Fire Department received a $4,500 Grant from Koch Pipeline Company and Flint Hills Resources. Southlake was one of only a handful of agencies to receive grant money from Koch and Flint Hills. SFD is very grateful to receive this grant. Deputy Fire Chief Wade Carroll said, “The grant money will go towards purchasing multi-gas detectors that will be placed on Southlake Fire Engines. These detectors can help us locate and isolate various types of leaks quickly.”
In all, Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. and Flint Hills Resources presented three checks that totaled $12,000 to the City of Southlake, Edgecliff Village and Fort Worth Fire Departments as part of its Helping Heroes program. Besides the $4,500 grant to the City of Southlake Fire Department, the Edgecliff Village Fire Department received a $2,500 grant, and the Fort Worth Fire Department received a $5,000 grant.
Koch Pipeline Company and Flint Hills Resources, both subsidiaries of Koch Industries, began the Helping Heroes program in 2012 to honor local fire departments and emergency responders and to help with their training, education, equipment, and emergency notification needs. The two companies have awarded nearly $340,000 in local grants since then, including $137,000 this year to 30 fire departments across 17 Texas counties.
“It’s important to us to be good neighbors,” said Yoalmo Salazar, operations supervisor, Koch Pipeline Company. “Through this donation for safety equipment and training, Koch Pipeline Company is pleased to provide the men and women of these Tarrant County Fire Departments with resources that help keep both them and our community safe.”
Nearly 70 departments throughout Texas applied during the 2014 grant cycle. Grants awarded ranged from $2,500 to $10,000, averaging $4,700 per unit, and were determined by a team of internal and external safety experts based on the specific needs submitted by applicants.
“I know I speak for the whole team when I say I’m proud to work for a company that wants to give back, especially to those that risk their lives for others,” said Brad Stubbe, Euless Terminal Manager, and Flint Hills Resources.
Nationwide, Koch companies have contributed nearly $543,000 in 2014 in grants and in-kind donations, to 107 fire departments in communities where the companies operate.