|Asst. City Manager Chris Wilson, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Robinson, Fire Chief Bobby Nugent and Colonial's Darren Pruitt dedicate the new warehouse with a ribbon cutting.|
Colonial Pipeline, the Greensboro FD and the Greensboro City Manager's Office held a brief ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 1 to dedicate a new warehouse that will store foam, trucks and equipment used to extinguish industrial fires.
The warehouse was constructed with a $175,000 contribution from Colonial. Previously, the foam, trucks and equipment were stored at various locations throughout the city. The new warehouse will improve response time for any industrial fire emergency in the Greensboro area.
"I want to thank Colonial Pipeline for being such a great partner in this community," said Greensboro Asst. City Manager Chris Wilson. "After the lightning strike in 2010, they could have easily said...well, that will ever happen again...but they didn't. They were adamant about making sure they kept our great community safe and they followed through on that commitment in a big way. Our city is a great city of partnerships, and the partnership with Colonial Pipeline is a spectacular example of that. Thank you for everything you do Colonial."
The longstanding relationship of Colonial Pipeline and the Greensboro Fire Department paid off in the early morning hours of June 13, 2010, when lightning scored a direct hit on a Colonial tank along Interstate 40. Firefighters quickly put down the flames using foam, a water manifold constructed specifically for the fire department’s use, and equipment they used designed for fighting tank fires.
Firefighters had trained at Colonial’s tank farm during the weeks prior to the accident – training cited as an important reason for the quick, effective and safe response by the Greensboro Fire Department.
Colonial donated foam to the fire department for its use in protecting other industrial fires. Following that, Colonial made a donation toward the construction of a warehouse where the foam can be stored for use battling similar fires and protecting the nearby communities.
Greensboro Fire Chief Bobby Nugent, Asst. City Manager Chris Wilson and Darren Pruitt spoke at the event attended by about 40 members of the Greensboro FD and Greensboro City Manager's office.