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Trailer helps highlight kitchen-fire risks

The Dakota County Fire Chiefs Association unveiled its new kitchen fire prevention trailer at a demonstration Monday outside Eagan City Hall. The $30,000 trailer, which was donated by Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount, will allow Dakota County fire officials to educate the public on how to prevent kitchen fires, the number one type of fire in the U.S.

At the demonstration, fire officials showed that a cup of water poured on a small grease fire causes the fire to intensify significantly. This trailer is believed to be one of just a handful of its kind in the nation.

“Demonstration trailers are extremely effective at reducing the risk of dangerous fires, and we are excited to educate people throughout our region,” said Mike Scott, Eagan fire chief and member of the Dakota County Fire Chiefs Association. “We are grateful to Flint Hills Resources for its generosity and support of fire departments in Dakota County.”

Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery has a long tradition of working with Minnesota’s first responder community and supporting safety programs that provide training to law enforcement and public safety responders. The Pine Bend refinery hosts free training sessions for law enforcement from across the state at its training facility, grants annual scholarships to local firefighters to attend industrial fire training programs, and provides free fire response training to its mutual aid fire departments in Rosemount, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights and Hastings.

“We are thrilled to have helped make this important safety tool a reality,” said Scott Lindemann, vice president and manufacturing manager at Flint Hills Resources. “Flint Hills Resources is dedicated to making our community safer and supporting Minnesota’s first responder community.”