The Stuart Volunteer Fire Department enhanced its emergency response preparedness with the purchase of new rescue equipment thanks to a donation from Flint Hills Resources Menlo, the local ethanol plant. The equipment is intended to protect firefighters during emergency situations.


The Stuart Volunteer Fire Department will use the $5,000 donation to purchase scene lighting and additional, interoperable communications tools such as handheld radios. The new lighting will improve visibility and help prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls while on scene. The new radios and other communications tools will help the department share information and stay better connected while responding to emergencies.


“Our number one priority is keeping our local communities safe. Having the proper equipment goes a long way in helping us respond effectively to emergencies,” said Mike Renslow, fire chief at the Stuart Volunteer Fire Department. “We appreciate our community partners, like Flint Hills, that make sure we have the right equipment and training we need to protect our citizens.”


The donations are part of Flint Hills Resources’ continued commitment to supporting local first responders. Each summer, the company sponsors firefighters from communities near its Iowa and Nebraska biofuels facilities to attend a two-day industrial fire training program held at the company’s Pine Bend refinery near St. Paul, Minn.


“The City of Stuart and other local communities are fortunate to have a dedicated team of volunteer firefighters, like the Stuart Fire Department, who provide fast, efficient and effective emergency response and rescue when called upon,” said Mike Peterman, plant manager at the Flint Hills Resources Menlo ethanol plant. “We appreciate the opportunity to support the department and help them enhance their emergency response capabilities and help keep our local citizens safe.”