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Southlake Fire Department Receives Grant for Leak Detectors to Keep Residents Safe

Feb 16, 2015 08:23AM ● By Kevin

The Southlake Fire Department has received a $4,500 grant from Helping Heroes, a program sponsored by Koch Pipeline Company and Flint Hills Resources. According to deputy chief Wade Carroll, the department was notified of the grant through a letter from Koch Pipeline. Emergency management coordinator then Ben Williamson applied for the grant in August 2014. The grant was approved in October.

“Flint Hills Resources & Koch Pipeline Company are proud supporters of our local fire departments and emergency responders," the Flint Hills Resources & Kock Pipeline Company website says. "We appreciate their dedication and bravery to help keep our communities safe. Their service is vital to the protection of both life and property.”

“In 2012, Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company began the Helping Heroes program," according to the Flint Hills Resources website. "This program provides support for the training, education, equipment, and emergency notification needs of our local fire departments and emergency responders. Since starting the program three years ago, more than $340,000 has been provided to departments in Texas.”

On Dec. 19, the fire department was invited to a brief presentation and overview of one of the company's facilities in Euless and was presented with the check. 

"We are always extremely happy about qualifying and being selected for grants of any kind," Carroll said. "Grants allow the fire department to meet process improvement goals with less impact on the city of Southlake’s general fund. Grant writing is always a challenge but our [Williamson] is well adapted to discovering and writing to the spirit of the grant." 

In addition to Williamson's input, battalion chief Trey Porter provided the technical details for the grant’s application, which helped in the approval of the application.

"I can’t say enough about our team here at Southlake," Carroll continued. "They understand why we do what we do, the importance of completing our mission while being fiscally responsible to our citizens, and have the professionalism to get the job done right." 

The grant was utilized to purchase four flammable gas detectors, which will supplement the department's current four gas atmospheric monitors by providing them a means of locating the “leak source.” The current gas monitors are used to gather atmospheric readings only.  Atmospheric readings are utilized to ensure the air quality conditions are safe and tenable. The Southlake fire department’s multi gas detectors read the oxygen levels, lower and upper explosive limits of flammable gases, carbon monoxide, and Hydrogen Sulfide. The new leak detectors will allow the department to more quickly locate and isolate a leak so that residents or business patrons may return quickly and safely.

The department is currently investigating ways to improve its public education programs. It offers fire extinguisher, CPR, Auotmated External Defibrillator, Community Emergency Response Team, general fire/cooking safety, and Citizen's Academy classes for adults. There are also station tours, and school visits available for children. 

"The Southlake fire department and the city of Southlake prides itself on being a high performance organization that embraces continual process improvements," Carroll said. "Citizens can aid their fire department in offering more opportunities to us to interact with you. Please contact Renni Burt, the Southlake fire department’s public education coordinator with questions or to set up classes and tours."

Carroll also invited residents to participate in the Southlake Citizens’ Survey coming out this fall. The survey will be posted on line on the city of Southlake website.

"This is a comprehensive survey that allows all city departments to gage the satisfaction of our customers and give our citizens an opportunity to make their voices heard," Carroll said. The core of our strategic plans are developed around the needs of our citizens."

On Saturday, March 7, residents can bring items to the Mobile Crud Cruiser at 1085 S. Kimball Ave. (Dragon Stadium) from 9 to 11 a.m. or until full. The entry to the event is on the south side of the stadium. Items accepted include: Automotive fluids, batteries, cleaners and chemicals, cooking oil, lawn/garden/pool chemicals, light bulbs, paint and painting supplies. If you have water based or latex paint you can completely dry out the paint and place it in your regular household trash.