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Voluntary firefighters in Litvínov have a new fire engine thanks to the town of Litvínov and Unipetrol


Litvínov, June 24, 2019 – In 2018, the town of Litvínov and refinery and petrochemical group Unipetrol signed a contract of donation for CZK 2,850,000. Unipetrol contributed this sum to the purchase of a new fire engine for the voluntary firefighters of the town of Litvínov who thus acquired a firefighting vehicle for about CZK 7 million. The remaining amount was paid from the town’s fund of development and reserves.
“We want to thank Unipetrol for the financial assistance which helped us purchase the necessary fire engine and improve the equipment of the fire station. We believe that we will continue our cooperation related to safety and crisis management,” Mayor of Litvínov Kamila Bláhová noted on the collaboration with Unipetrol.
“In October last year, we signed a contract of donation which contributed to the purchase of a new firefighting vehicle and I am pleased it was possible to produce and deliver the appliance so quickly,” adds Tomáš Herink, a member of the Board of Directors of the Unipetrol Group who is responsible, among other things, for health protection and procedural safety management and the corporate fire brigade.
The new fire engine is equipped with a pumping unit with a nominal output of 2,000 L/min. Considering the potential risk of flood-related incidents in the given area, it is built on a chassis with the wading depth of at least 750 mm when driving slowly in calm water. Technical life of the fire engine is at least 16 years in normal operation of a fire brigade unit with annual kilometrage of up to 10,000 km. The fire engine is fully functional throughout the entire period.
The voluntary fire brigade of the town of Litvínov was set up in 1999 and follows from a long tradition of firefighters in Litvínov whose parent organisation, Czech Corps of Voluntary Firefighters, was established in 1924. The unit currently has 14 members. It responds to emergency incidents in the administrative territory of the town of Litvínov (the municipality with expanded competences) and, when acting upon the instructions of the Fire Brigade Regional Operational and Information Centre, it attends emergencies in accordance with the Coverage Plan of the Ústí Region. It closely cooperates with all components of the integrated rescue system in the administrative territory of Litvínov. Its partners include the Fire Rescue Service of the Ústí Region and the corporate fire brigade of Unipetrol which is in charge of safety services on the premises of the chemical plant in Záluží u Litvínova and is actively involved in tackling dangerous situations also outside the site.

The Unipetrol Group is the largest refinery and petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. It focuses primarily on crude oil processing, distribution and sale of fuel and petrochemical products — particularly plastics and fertilisers. In all these fields, the group is a key player on both the Czech and Central European market. The Unipetrol Group includes refineries and production plants in Litvínov and Kralupy nad Vltavou, Paramo with the Mogul brand in Pardubice and Kolín, Spolana in Neratovice, and two research centres in Litvínov and Brno. Unipetrol also owns the Benzina network of petrol stations with 413 stations, which is the largest chain in the Czech Republic. Unipetrol is one of the largest companies in the Czech Republic in terms of turnover. The group created revenue of over CZK 130 billion last year and employs more than 4700 people. In 2005, Unipetrol became part of the PKN Orlen Group, the largest crude oil processor in Central Europe

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