— LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, announced a donation of $100,000 to fund specialized emergency training for six Houston-area fire departments that serve key industrial corridors.
The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), an internationally recognized leader in emergency response training and firefighting, will administer the training to the fire departments. The donation will underwrite hazardous materials (HazMat) training scholarships for fire departments in Houston, Channelview, Pasadena, La Porte, Sheldon and Mont Belvieu.
“We recognize the challenges fire departments in Houston and smaller outlying communities face in obtaining this unique type of training. We believe in being a responsible, good neighbor where we operate and are pleased we can help in saving lives and protecting our communities,” said Bob Patel, LyondellBasell CEO and chairman of the management board. “We are honored to play a small role in ensuring that the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day are even better prepared to safely do their jobs.”
“I would like to praise LyondellBasell for their proactive approach in ensuring that local municipal fire department personnel, who may respond to industrial incidents in one of the facilities in the Houston area, are trained to deal with those type of situations,” said Chief Robert Moore of the TEEX Emergency Services Training Institute. “Training is a key in firefighter safety. We look forward to providing this valuable training to these fire department personnel, training which will keep them and their communities safe while responding to an industrial emergency.”
The greater Houston area is home to many industrial facilities including refineries, storage terminals and chemical plants that handle a variety of materials and products. The TEEX courses will train firefighters specifically in handling incidents involving different hazardous materials that require specialized response tactics.
The LyondellBasell donation will provide more than 1,200 hours of instruction in TEEX’s HazMat training program. Fire departments will have the option of attending classes either at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas, or onsite at their fire stations using TEEX’s mobile training units.
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, with more than 4,000 employees in the greater Houston area and 13,000 employees worldwide. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels. Visit the LyondellBasell website for more information.