Firefighters Chris Schuett and Matt Rydberg from the Arthur Community Fire Department and firefighter Josh Blunk from the Ida Grove Fire Department attended a two-day industrial fire training program at the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery near St. Paul, Minn.

Flint Hills Resources, which also owns and operates the ethanol plant in Arthur, sponsors the annual training program to help enhance local fire departments’ emergency response capabilities.

Fifteen firefighters from eight fire departments in Iowa and Nebraska received scholarships to attend the training in industrial emergency response. Each session included techniques that can be applied during real life emergencies in rural and farming areas.

Participants received hands-on instruction in battling live fires, hose handling and teamwork, offensive attacks on pressure fires, defensive cooling and fire extinguisher training.

“The fire training program provided by Flint Hills Resources helps us stay prepared to respond to effectively respond to emergencies in our community,” said Billy Carnine, fire chief at the Arthur Community Fire Department. “We appreciate having Flint Hills Resources as a community partner and appreciate the investments they make in the safety and wellbeing of our local communities.”

This is the fourth year Flint Hills Resources has offered the training program to fire departments near its biofuels and ingredients production facilities.

Participating departments included Arthur Community Fire Department; Beatrice, Neb., Fire and Rescue; Fairbank Fire Department; Ida Grove Volunteer Fire Department; Iowa Falls Fire Department; Menlo Fire and Rescue; Shell Rock Volunteer Fire Department; Stuart Volunteer Fire Department.

“We appreciate the important role local fire departments play in our communities,” said Darrell Birck, vice president of operations at Flint Hills Resources Biofuels and Ingredients. “We also thank all the firefighters for giving up their personal time and going above and beyond what’s required to receive this additional training that will help them continue to serve our communities well and help keep people safe.”

In addition to training, the scholarships covered transportation, food, and lodging.

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