The Beeville Volunteer Fire Department received a donation of $1,000.
Fire Chief Donald C. “Donnie” Morris called the donation “very generous.”
He said that all such donations go immediately into the department’s equipment fund and are used to furnish turnout gear to firefighters and supply the department with other needed items.
The special presentation of the donations was conducted at the Flint Hills Resources’ West refinery in Corpus Christi.
“Summer is a critical season for volunteer fire services and emergency responders, especially here in South Texas, where we have very hot and dry conditions,” said Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch.
“We recognize that it’s vital these departments be equipped to handle emergencies,” Van Horn said. “Many of the communities where we do business rely heavily on volunteer fire departments. This is our way of saying “thank you” for all of your hard work.”
Koch has contributed more than $1 million nationwide and plans to grant more than $200,000 during 2012 to volunteer fire departments and local emergency responders in communities where companies own or operate manufacturing facilities, mills, pipelines and ranches.
“We are very aware that three quarters of the firefighters in our state are voluntarily putting their lives on the line to save other lives and protect property,” said Phil Gaarder, vice president of manufacturing for Flint Hills Resources. “It was an honor to be able to hand these departments some funding that we know is critical.”
The State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association reports that there are 30,000 volunteer firefighters in Texas and 1,490 of the 1,919 fire departments are volunteer organizations.