Phillips 66 Terminal Supervisor Jim Mayse presents Hartford Fire Chief Bill Owens a $23,000 check to pay for firefighters’ bunker gear.
HARTFORD — The Hartford Fire Department recently received a $23,000 donation from Phillips 66 to replace aging bunker and turnout gear.
The grant was awarded to Hartford Fire Chief Bill Owens in October, Fire Safety Month.
National Fire Protection Association guidelines recommend bunker and turnout gear must be replaced every 10 years to ensure firefighters’ safety. The fire department will use the grant to buy 12 sets of gear.
“Our volunteer firefighters are appreciative of the contribution made by Phillips 66,” Fire Chief Bill Owens said. “It is important that we follow the guidelines of all our equipment to ensure the safety of our team.”
The fire department comprises 16 to 20 volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel, who respond to fire calls, rescue calls, medical calls, vehicle crashes and containment of hazardous materials. Phillips 66 operates a pipeline terminal and lubricants plant in Hartford. The company’s Wood River Refinery is partially located within the village.
“At Phillips 66, safety is one of our core values,” Terminal Supervisor Jim Mayse said. “We were pleased to award this grant to those who selflessly put themselves into harm’s way to protect the community. It is important the gear they are using is safe and meets all current standards.”
“On behalf of the village of Hartford, I would like to thank Phillips 66 for their generous donation to help the fire department serve the citizens of Hartford and surrounding communities,” Mayor Jim Spann said. “I am proud of the relationship with Phillips 66 and the Hartford Fire Department for the service they provide the citizens and businesses and ready to assist the Phillips 66 assets in our community whenever we can.”