PORT ARTHUR, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 6, 2015) - Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company have awarded $43,200 in grants to nine fire departments across the Golden Triangle area for training, education, equipment, and emergency notification needs. The Helping Heroes grants were awarded yesterday as part of the National Fire Prevention Week Fair at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.

"We are very proud to support our local first responders through the Helping Heroes program," said Denny Wiseman, site director for Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur. "Through this grant process we are able to focus on specific needs that will help keep them and our communities safe."

The 2015 grant recipients are: City of Orange Fire Department, Cove Fire and Rescue, Groves Fire Department, Hardin County ESD 2/ Lumberton Fire and EMS, Hardin Country ESD 5, Jefferson County Emergency Services District 1, Kountze Volunteer Fire Department, Mont Belvieu Fire Department, Port Arthur Fire Department, and Port Neches Fire Department.

"Because the majority of Texas firefighters are volunteers, it's important that we honor their genuine and personal contribution," said Larry Van Horn, vice president of southern operations for Koch Pipeline Company. "We are pleased to help support the essential services these dedicated individuals provide to our communities on a daily basis."

In 2012, Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company began the Helping Heroes grant program to support fire departments and emergency responders in their Texas communities. To date, the companies have awarded approximately $500,000 in grants across the state. The annual application period opens in July and recipients are selected during September by a team of internal and external safety experts.

About Flint Hills Resources
Flint Hills Resources is an industry leader in refining, chemicals, and biofuels and ingredients, with operations primarily in Texas and the Midwest. Its manufacturing capability is built upon six decades of refining experience, and the company has expanded its operations through capital projects and acquisitions worth more than $11 billion since 2002. Based in Wichita, Kansas, the company has more than 5,000 employees and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. More at www.fhr.com.

About Koch Pipeline Company
Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. owns or operates more than 4,000 miles of pipelines that transport crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas liquids and chemicals. More at www.kochpipeline.com

Contact Information:

Claire Jackson
Flint Hills Resources Port Arthur
(409) 300-6398