The Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association announced that it has selected the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery as its 2019 Partner of the Year. The award recognizes community partners which contribute to the development, implementation and delivery of fire and life safety programs, display an institutionalized value toward fire and life safety education, and provide financial or other noteworthy contributions to fire and life safety education. The Dakota County Fire Chief’s Fire Safety Educators Committee nominated Flint Hills for this award. The Pine Bend refinery fire department has been providing fire departments from around the state free industrial fire training at the refinery’s fire training grounds since 1991. Pine Bend also grants scholarships for firefighters from neighboring municipalities to attend industrial firefighting programs in other locations. Flint Hills Resources maintains a fully functioning, two-house fire department at the Pine Bend refinery. The fire department’s 132 crew members, including 87 refinery volunteers, receive ongoing training on all aspects of industrial emergency response and battle live, pressurized petroleum fires at an onsite training center.
(Photo: Fire Chief Ed Steele receiving the award with Commissioner John Harrington of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Courtesy MNSFCA)