PRINCETON – Firefighters from the Princeton Fire Department are part of the most recent
class of fire training scholarships from Koch Pipeline Company (KPL). During the weekend of April 22 and 23, Josh Vaccari and Tim Jensen from Princeton Fire traveled to the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount for world-class incident response and fire training from Pine Bend’s professional fire department. The KPL scholarship covered all travel, lodging, meal and training costs for the group of 26 firefighters from 14 volunteer fire departments across Wisconsin and Minnesota.
“Volunteer fire departments like the one in Princeton provide a critical service to their communities, and we appreciate everything they do to help keep people safe,” said Wade Parrott, Vice President of Northern Operations for Koch Pipeline Company. “We want to do everything we can to enable these firefighters to continue to serve their communities.”
During the weekend training session, the firefighters participated in classroom sessions and practiced firefighting tactics on live fires. Specific drills included fire extinguisher training, hose handling, teamwork exercises, and foam application tactics. The Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery’s professional fire department has provided fire training for professional and volunteer fire departments across the region for more than 25 years.