chevron honors west texas firefighters
In recognition of their extraordinary efforts battling this year's many wildfires and for their heroism, sacrifice and ongoing service to the people of West Texas, volunteer firefighters from 17 Permian Basin communities were recently honored by Chevron at an event in Midland, Texas.
The firefighters and their families were treated to hot dogs and hamburgers grilled and served by Chevron executives and volunteers while children played a variety of games, had their faces painted, and met wildfire-prevention mascot Smokey Bear. The festivities culminated with the presentation of a $500,000 check from Chevron to the Texas Forest Service to bolster a fund that enables volunteer fire departments to stay in business.
"Volunteer firefighters are our first line of defense against wildfire in Texas, and we've kept them pretty busy this year," said Texas Forest Service director Tom Boggus. "It's an immensely generous gesture for Chevron to make this donation and recognize the hard work these men and women do—as volunteers—to protect lives and property in the state of Texas."
The event honored volunteer fire departments from communities including Midland, Sterling County, Ft. Stockton, Kermit, Monahans, Pecos and Seminole.
In addition to the $500,000 donation, fire departments won door prizes that included high-tech equipment like a thermal imaging camera and a Blitzfire monitor that helps regulate and control the flow of fire hoses. Firefighters and their families also won gifts such as a tool set, a digital camera and a flat-screen television.
"Several of our Permian Basin employees are volunteer firefighters and personify Chevron's ideal of community involvement," said Alan Kleier, vice president of the MidContintent/Alaska business unit. "Chevron greatly appreciates the work of volunteer firefighters and we recognize them for the heroes they are."
Kleier added that Chevron's contribution to the Texas Forest Service was in addition to $200,000 the company donated earlier this year to volunteer fire departments in Texas and New Mexico.
"Chevron's gift will help ensure that firefighters like those we honored today will have the resources and equipment to keep doing what they do best," he said.
Updated: September 2011