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COLLEGE STATION, TX – On September 8, LyondellBasell honored TEEX with a $100,000 donation to provide training for firefighters located near LyondellBasell facilities in the Houston area. The donation will cover 1,100 hours of specialized industrial firefighter training, such as the Industrial Emergencies for Municipal-Based Responders (IEMBR) program. At the same time, LyondellBasell also unveiled a Houston mural they commissioned to pay tribute to 9/11 first responders. Painted by artist Alex “Donkeeboy” Roman, it depicts the skylines of New York City and Houston behind the words “Never Forget,” along with paintings of iconic images of 9/11 first responders. Because of LyondellBasell’s gift to the city and their donations to first responders, including TEEX and the Texas Task Force Foundation, Houston declared September 8 “LyondellBasell First Responders Day.” 

 John Burge, ESTI Private Sector Program Director, explains the importance of funding industrial training, as “most departments are excellent at brush, wood and house fires but don’t get very many opportunities to train on industrial props like tanks, railcars and plants. This specialized training is invaluable for departments. It’s a win/win for both the community and their fire department and for LyondellBasell, who will have highly-trained help in the event that they need it.”

Pictured left to right: TEEXans Nick Hickson, John Burge and Gordon Lohmeyer with Kim Foley, Senior Vice President, HSE, Global Engineering and Turnarounds at LyondellBasell

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Director of Marketing and Communications

From the well-prepared presentations and class activities to the great suggestions for where-to-go; everything was beautifully organized and thoughtfully planned. I especially appreciated how the message of doing good work for the good of our community was endorsed each day. The week was encouraging and fun with ample take-away ideas!

— Sharon Barnard, BEDC Participant, Manager, Victoria Economic Development Corporation
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