Inver Grove Heights Firefighter Sent to Texas for Emergency Response Training

The firefighter, Brian Brandt, will battle live pressurized petroleum fires in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The following is a press release from Flint Hills Resources, a refining, chemicals and biofuels company based in Rosemount.

Four firefighters from the Rosemount, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, and Hastings fire departments will receive special training this spring in Corpus Christi, Texas, through a scholarship program created by the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount.  During the three-day training sessions, the firefighters will receive hands-on instruction in all aspects of industrial emergency response and will battle live pressurized petroleum fires.  This is the 17th year Flint Hills has granted such scholarships to local firefighters.

Tyler Moyna from the Eagan Fire Department and Brian Brandt from the Inver Grove Heights Fire Department will train February 26-28.  James Olinger from the Rosemount Fire Department and Matthew Yokiel from the Hastings Fire Department will train March 12-14.  In addition to the training, Flint Hills is paying for all travel, lodging and meals for the four scholarship recipients.

“This scholarship program is important to us because it helps prepare firefighters in our area for types of fires that – though rare – require more specialized skills,” said Pete Herpst, deputy fire chief at Flint Hills Resources.  “We want to help strengthen our local fire departments by allowing firefighters to gain experience through realistic simulations.”

The scholarship program is a part of the Pine Bend refinery’s long tradition of providing mutual aid assistance to the area’s first responder community.  The Fire Departments in Rosemount, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, and Hastings are all mutual aid partners of Flint Hills Resources.  Firefighters from these departments have been using the refinery training grounds for free fire training for more than 22 years. 

George Tourville February 20, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Brian...good luck and safe travels. The Flint Hills Fire training is extremely useful and valuable to the surrounding communities. We appreciate the scholarships from Flint Hills for this very important Fire and Emergency Response training.
yomammy February 21, 2013 at 04:04 PM
good to see in this time of not allowing anyone any training to "keep within our budget..."
Steve Thornton February 22, 2013 at 09:23 AM
Brian, Have fun in Corpus...you're a great fire fighter. Have fun and be safe.


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