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Donation Helps Menlo Fire and Rescue Purchase New Rescue Equipment

New tools enhance emergency response capabilities

Menlo Fire and Rescue will upgrade its safety equipment with the help of a donation from Flint Hills Resources. The department plans to spend the $2,500 donation on new grain bin rescue equipment, which is a critical part of emergency response in farming communities.

“Volunteer firefighters play an essential role in protecting our communities,” said Todd Benton, plant manager at Flint Hills Resources Menlo. “It is important they have the necessary equipment to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.”

The donation is part of Flint Hills Resources’ continued commitment to supporting local fire departments and first responders. In 2013, the company has donated more than $100,000 to local fire departments across the U.S. to enhance their operations.

“Grain bins are an essential part of farming operations,” said Ben Gilman, chief of Menlo Fire and Rescue. “We are grateful for the support of our community partners like Flint Hills Resources. Having the necessary equipment to respond to farming emergencies can mean the difference between life and death.”

The new equipment will be lightweight and durable, meaning it can be used repeatedly for trainings and in reallife emergencies. New rescue tubes are more maneuverable than previous models and allow rescuers to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies.

About Flint Hills Resources

Flint Hills Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, is a leading refining, biofuels and chemicals company. Its subsidiaries market products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, biodiesel, olefins, polymers and intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils and asphalt.

Flint Hills Resources operates ethanol plants in Arthur, Fairbank, Iowa Falls, Menlo and Shell Rock, Iowa and Fairmont, Neb. The plants have a combined annual capacity of 650 million gallons of ethanol. The company also owns biodiesel facilities in Texas and Nebraska and has made equity investments in bioenergy companies working to innovate and optimize biofuel production.

The refining business operates refineries in Alaska (North Pole), Minnesota (Rosemount) and Texas (Corpus Christi), with a combined crude oil processing capacity of nearly 670,000 barrels per day. The petrochemical business includes production facilities in Illinois, Michigan and Texas. The asphalt business produces and markets product in the Midwest and Alaska. A subsidiary owns an interest in a lubricants base oil facility in Louisiana.