Editor’s note: This story has been updated. A previous version attributed statements made by John Hale to another person.
Gulf Coast Growth Ventures dedicated its emergency response equipment with a traditional “push-in” ceremony on Tuesday.
Some of the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures first response team worked to push two new fire trucks into the GCGV station near Gregory, following a longtime fire department tradition.
“That would then put the entire organization in a ready-to-respond mentality,” said John Hale, who oversees GCGV’s emergency response team. “We’re ready to respond as we continue with this project of getting GCGV up and running.”
As part of the ceremony, the response team wiped down the sides of the trucks before working together to push them back into the station.
“Once our emergency response team has completed pushing the apparatus back into the station, this signifies the GCGV first response team is ready for service.”
The responders will continue their training with monthly, site-wide drills, Hale said.
“We’ve been working on training our people for the last year and today’s is really the hardware that our people have got to work with,” GCGV plant manager Paul Fritsch said. “It’s a promise we made to the community when we came here to be able to respond to any events that could happen.”
Fritsch said Gulf Coast Growth Ventures is working to establish mutual aid with other industries and organizations.
“We have these here and they’re for our use and our plant if we ever need them, but they’re also available for use of the other industries that we have here in San Patricio County,” Fritsch said.
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