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Pilgrims Day at Mayflower Wood

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Four hundred years on from when the Pilgrim Fathers started their journey to America, visitors to Mayflower Wood gathered for a fun day of outdoor events and activities. A great day was had by all, with lovely weather, fancy dress pilgrims, and families coming from far and wide to take part in the fun and festivities in the park. Kids and adults alike stepped up, like modern day Robin Hoods, to have a go at archery, as well as chance their arm in tin can alley and other traditional games to win prizes. Amongst the special attractions was a fascinating stall from Immingham Museum, which gave visitors a rough guide about who the Pilgrims were and what they were fighting for, through a carefully researched and captivating exhibition. On display were a multitude of colourful garments which had been recreated faithfully from the original designs, as well as some typical objects from the period, showing everyone what it would’ve been like to have been a Pilgrim.

Donation to The Rock Foundation Rick Karner, Manager Asset Integrity and Reliability, is pictured presenting a cheque for £1,000 to Pamela Hodge of the Rock Foundation. This was given as a charitable donation towards their work to provide suitable facilities in the local area for people with learning difficulties, so that they can be taught how to live independently.

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“I am truly honored and proud to be the new Manager of the ConocoPhillips Humber Refinery - I’ve heard so many great things about the folks who work and live here.  I’m looking forward to meeting each Refinery team member and our friends in the community in the near future.

On a large site like Humber it’s not easy to keep everyone

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After an entertaining and educational day, the Pilgrims Family Fun Day proved a great success, raising over £800 for KAAG (The Killingholme Area Advisory Group) for the benefit of the local community.

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which was like stepping back in time. Visitors were also able to ask the characters questions which would be answered in character, to make it feel as if you were having a conversation with a real life Pilgrim back in the 1600s!

To get a taste of how the Pilgrims lived life back in 1608, there was also a re-enactment exhibition,

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In the short time since I arrived I have been very impressed at the dedication, pride and friendliness of the folks here at Humber and in the surrounding area. I look forward to working with the Humber Refinery employees and contractors to improve our operations and accomplish our goal of becoming one of the best refineries in Europe. People have asked about my background so let me tell you a little about myself. I have a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey where I was born and raised. After graduating, I began my career with Exxon as a Crude Fractionation Process Engineer in the Bayway Refinery in Linden, New Jersey. After working at Bayway for several years, I was transferred to Exxon’s headquarters in Houston, Texas, and then to Exxon’s International Headquarters. I eventually returned to Bayway and worked as a Manager in Technical, Mechanical and Operations. I then had an opportunity to construct and commission the

“I believe in direct and open communications with all team members,

communicate with. I really enjoyed my first taste of fish & chips at Steels in Cleethorpes and I look forward to a decent Sunday Roast.

and in showing real respect for one another.” Bayway Polypropylene Plant and to establish the associated business operations. For the last three years I have been the Refinery Manager of the Billings Refinery and am proud to say the team there achieved some pretty remarkable results. I am married and have two sons, ages 18 and 19. They will both be staying in the States and attending college. The older one at MSU in Bozeman Montana and the younger one at Texas A&M. My wife, Norma, and I will be traveling back and forth a bit this summer trying to get settled, and will be here fulltime in September.

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I look forward to working together in the years ahead to move Humber towards our vision of becoming the safest, most profitable European energy complex, and a great place to work. I believe in direct and

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open communications with all team members, and in showing real respect for one another. I am interested in hearing your thoughts as I get a chance to meet you in the coming months and in the meantime please keep the train on the tracks.”

Mike Wirkowski Humber General Manager and Director

Congratulations to Steven Rigby Chartered Manager of the Year! ICHP’s Steven Rigby receiving his award from Jane Hutt, Minister for Department of Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills for the Welsh Assembly.

I know at times I can sound a bit direct, but I would like to believe I am down to earth and easy to

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Monogirl 2 Flying the flag for ConocoPhillips We recently welcomed the new Monogirl 2 to Grimsby.

Steven Rigby Chartered Manager of the Year! Engineering Maintenance Superintendant, Steven Rigby, has won the Wales Chartered Manager of the Year Award. The Award recognises Steven’s exceptional leadership and management capabilities.

The work boat was delivered from the MacDuff ship yard in Aberdeen where it had been constructed, overseen by Norman Dibbert and Bruce Carroll of Svitzer. A small crew, which included Norman Dibbert and Graham Hussey, sailed the Monogirl 2 to her new home at Grimsby Royal Docks. She arrived just in time to fly the ConocoPhillips banner at the ABP Docks Open Day on the 5th July, where her new shiny complexion received a great deal of interest from the public!

The Award is given out each year to a Manager who has demonstrated how he or she has made a real impact in the workplace. He won the prize based upon his part in the introduction of a new process during his time as a Product Development Manager for RollsRoyce Energy. The project enabled Rolls Royce to successfully align its offering with the customer markets and resulted in a £5.4 million revenue growth.

After putting the Monogirl 2 through the rigorous process of the probationary period, the old Monogirl will probably be sold off and continue to work as a workboat on the River Humber under her new owners. We are sure Monogirl 2 will prove herself a worthy successor.

With a total of 696 Chartered Managers in the UK, Steven was delighted to have beaten off the competition. “I am extremely proud to have not only been considered, but then to have won this award,” says Steven.

Thanks to Laura Dunford, Div D Admin Coordinator, for this story.

5th Village Fete – SOS! The Killingholme Area Advisory Group is the Humber community liaison group aimed at building and improving relationships with our neighbours. The Summer Fete, now held every two years, is a day where everyone from the Village and the Refinery has the opportunity to come together for a family day of fun. At the same time we can help show our neighbours what we do on site and take the opportunity to showcase some of the Refinery’s teams in a fun way – yes that’s you Paul Baron and team!

If you are interested in helping or would like more information please contact Nina on 5044.

Sunday, 7th September will see the fifth Killingholme Village Fete and once again the call for volunteers is going out! We would like people to help out in a number of areas including setting up in the morning, to help as tour guides on the Refinery mini bus tours, and to man some of the many rides and attractions throughout the afternoon. All monies raised from the day go into the KAAG funds to help with projects throughout the Village.

The Alan Smith Challenge 2008 marks the 5th anniversary dotted about since the death of our friend in various hedges along and colleague Alan Smith. the way!

Humber Cascade ...the next step Firstly thank you to those of you who fed back after the June leaders meeting on the Humber Cascade, the new process for keeping you up to date with key Humber changes, providing a channel for your to feed back to the Refinery Leadership Team and influence change. Your feedback and concerns were collected and presented to the RLT in the form of a summary presentation, general concerns highlighted right.

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Concern Raised

Resulting Actions

Just another initiative to fail Wont last

Reliant on Management and you to make this work

Confusion on feedback sheets – how to fill in

These have been clarified & should be more straight forward

Too much feedback to be effectively managed and actioned

Time will tell – will continue to review

Off site locations and shifts – how to communicate the Cascade effectively to those not at the meeting

Tetney, ICHP, Shift Managers and off site locations to receive the cascade electronically. Video will continue to be posted on line to back up the Cascade presentation. Cascade owner make time available to go to Shift Managers Meeting.

Seventeen groups/teams fed back on the system, which was generally well received with most viewing Cascade as a “positive step.” A lot of teams also noted that they are “pleased to see management are doing something about communication.”

For further information or to see the full feedback contact Nina (5044) or Ray (5299)

The Challenge was designed to not only keep Alan’s memory alive but also to raise funds for charities chosen by his widow Helen and two daughters Rachel and Nikki. The Challenge also serves as a continual reminder to us of the importance of safety at work.

Raising Funds for Humberston School Congratulations to BH Construction, Olivers, Promenex, & Winfield who did a fantastic job to raise £700 for Humberston School. The money was raised to pay for

carers to travel with the children from year 4 to the Calvert Outward Bound School at Keswick. A big thank you goes to all four contractors for their tremendous generosity.

We will be starting and finishing at the Killingholme Fete so the atmosphere and supporters for those taking part will be excellent.

Last year we raised a whopping £8,500 for Leukaemia Research. There are only 5 weeks to go to this This year we are raising for PACT years Alan Smith Challenge and it’s (Parents Association for Children still not too late to start training and with Tumours and Leukaemia) and to enter. It’s open to all – teams are hoping to do even better wanting to split the race into a relay or individuals ready to take on the For any further information/ full Challenge. Come on give it a go! sponsorship forms or if you would The Challenge consisted of 13 miles like to volunteer to help on the day, please contact Del Williams of running followed by 26 miles cycling, over an interesting course on extension 5112 or Cathy Molloy from the Refinery to Barton upon on extension 5228. On line Humber and back. The course will donations can also be made at... provide a superb mix of hills and quiet country lanes with supporters www.justgiving.com/alansmith2008

Photograph Courtesy of Cleethorpes Chronicle.

Pictured are students and staff, along with Paul Patton of Oliver's and Ian Tully of Promenex.

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Hertel achieved a fantastic milestone recently when they managed to go 24 months (a total of 412,221 site man hours) without a recordable injury on the ConocoPhillips Humber Refinery.

Community Goals

Over the 5 years that they have been providing multi discipline services to ConocoPhillips, this is the fourth 12 month Recordable Injury Free period they have achieved.

Finance Team transforms school garden

JACOBS show the way

It all started with a letter sent in from Holly, aged 9, of North Thoresby Village School requesting help to transform an area of their school playing fields. This would enable the children of the school to grow vegetables not only for themselves but also to distribute amongst the senior citizens of the village. The Finance Team accepted the challenge and completed a fantastic community goal, not only creating raised gardens, but also building a shed to keep the childrens tools in and clearing, or should that be finding and clearing the children’s pond area at North Thoresby School. The Team worked incredibly hard, fuelled by many tea breaks, to transform these areas within the school grounds. The Finance group highlighted their technical skill set with their building prowess making a dramatic transformation. Ross Stalker, Business Planning and Reporting Manager, was exceptionally proud of his Team for all their hard work. Ross said: “It was a fantastic day. The Team really enjoyed themselves

and worked unbelievably hard together to get everything completed for the children in the day. The school were extremely happy with the work the Team did and as far as I know the shed is still standing! ” After much digging and earth moving, the Team managed to put in a shed and five raised gardens along with paving, to create an attractive space for the staff and pupils from North Thoresby School to enjoy.

Process Engineering group complete a school project

The Team consisted of Ross Stalker, Jeanette Simmonds, Cheryl Cooke, Julie Stafford, Yvonne Belfiore, Steve Lingard, Pete Bloomfield, Pete Nicholson, Sharon Jarvis, Al Drewery and Lawrence Flanagan.

Despite the very trying weather, some golfers debated changing their buggies for dinghies! The day still managed to raise a fantastic amount for St Andrews Children’s Hospice who will shortly be receiving a cheque for an unbelievable £3,727 raised from donations, the entry fees, sponsorship and raffle. The winning foursome on the day

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was Team Loxam Access whose members, Dave Gunn (Loxam) , Richard Johnson (Loxam), Dave Wheatley (DSL and Carl Cunningham (DSL), clearly enjoyed the wet weather! ConocoPhillips Team came a respectable 7th! Obviously Chris and John Allott, Paul Clift and Jim Waite all prefer the sunnier courses. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a success and especially to Chris for yet another superb fundraiser who has to date raised almost £9,000!!!

Dennis Hawskfield, Safety Advisor for Jacobs Engineering (second from left) and Phil Kendall, Division C Safety Advisor (right) being presented with a safety award for their efforts with the successful implementation of the Single Vessel Permit (SVP) for the Tank Maintenance programme. Presenting the awards are Keith Ormand (left) and Pete Linley (centre right). The Single Vessel Permit has been in place since June 1st at T862 and is now under the control of Jacobs Tank Management Team. The SVP is most definitely seen as a positive step forward in giving Jacobs

ownership and accountability of their work space and the people within it, including sub contractors. It has helped to ensure Operator time is focused on critical activities and work management at the tank is in the control of the Mechanical Contractor. The success of this has given ConocoPhillips the confidence in running some of the future tank outages under SVP.

Given the high risk, front line, labour intensive fields in which Hertel operate, they can are rightly very proud of this achievement. They chose to highlight the behaviours and attitudes towards safe working practices of their employees as the significant factor contributing to their success, since the introduction of the “COMPSAFE” Employee Recognition Scheme. They wish that particular thanks go to those employees who for 18 of the 24 months were part of the Multi Disciplined Team.

Gary Robins, Regional Manager for Hertel, stated that “It is only constant vigilance, attention to detail and acceptance of accountability for our actions which result in performances like this, and shows that zero accidents are achievable. I would like to say a huge thank you to all our Team on site. To achieve around 200 manyears of work without a single recordable injury is certainly an impressive achievement.” Matt Siddall, Humber Health Safety and Environment Manger, explained, “It takes attention to detail, an unrelenting safety focus and a determination not to let complacency set in. It is a credit to all of Hertel's staff that they have achieved this milestone and in doing so takes Hertel and ConocoPhillips one step nearer to guaranteeing that everyone goes home safely every day.”

A big thank you should also be given to the Jacobs’ Tank Supervisors, the Jacobs’ workforce and ConocoPhillips Operations whose co-operation and buy in to the SVP has greatly contributed to its success.

An uplifting experience

Cleethorpes Golf Day Cleethorpes Golf Day held the 4th Annual ConocoPhillips Charity Golf Day organised by Chris Allott (On Line Design & Engineering).

A fantastic milestone for Hertel

Friday 13th June proved a lucky day for Killingholme Junior School as the Process Engineering Group descended upon the school for the second year in a row to complete their wildlife garden area, planting flower beds and recreating a large pond for wildlife. A team of 12 Process Engineers got stuck in to transform the area, clearing out the land and installing the pond in quick time. Lots of flowers were planted around the new water feature to brighten the area up

and add some colour, and the result was striking. The area now looks beautiful and the Team hope that it will be an ideal place for the children of the primary school to learn about wildlife, nature and the environment. A huge well done goes out to the Team, which consisted of Steve, Michael, Roger, Adam, Alex, Del, Perry, Mark, Abi, Stewart, Grant and to BH Construction who helped finish off the paving surrounding the pond.

The Jacobs tank team pictured at T809 earlier this year following the successful lifting of the tank. The tank which formed part of the ongoing tank maintenance program was raised to allow repairs to the foundation and floor plating. The jacking system used 48 jacks and lifted the 258 tons of the shell and roof 1/2 meter clear of the floor. The work was completed without incident and ahead of schedule. Well done to the team!

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Stewart Cant

Matthew Hancock

Hi I’m Stewart. I am from Cardross (45 minutes north of Glasgow) but currently staying in Cleethorpes. I am on a summer placement with ConocoPhillips for three months working in the Reliability Group. I am currently studying a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde University. I am very keen on many outdoor activities including cycling and Skiing, I also enjoy playing basketball and going to the gym.

My name is Matthew Hancock I served my time on site and have previously been working for L.E.S for the past 6 months. I am now working in the workshop as a Rotating Technician.

New Faces Back row l to r: Stewart Cant, Nicholas Clay, Grant Blackwell, Henry Bateman, Ray Parker. Front row l to r: Mitchell Stevenson, Iain Gray, Paul Grant

Nick Clay Hey, my name is Nick Clay. I’m working at Humber as a Process Engineering summer intern in Division C. I study at University of Nottingham and am one year away from completing a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. I’m originally from Newbury in Berkshire, but have spent a few years living in Northern Ireland and the USA. In my spare time I enjoy running and boxing as well as watching football and cricket.

Henry Bateman Hi, I’m Henry, the summer student Process Engineer on Div. A. I study Chemical Engineering at

Birmingham University and will be going into my final year in September. I completed a year placement at Humber back in 2006/7 and I enjoyed it so much I came back! I enjoy sport, especially running, cycling, rugby and Ultimate Frisbee. I also do a lot of hill walking - I’m attempting to climb all the mountains in England and Wales over 2000ft.

Ray Parker Hi I’m Ray Parker. I have joined ConocoPhillips on a Media/PA placement for a year. I am currently a student at the University of Hull, studying Business Economics &

Management. I'm originally from Scarborough, but now live in Hull and outside of work I enjoy following the mighty Newcastle United FC and enjoy a game of badminton whenever I get time.

Grant Blackwell Hi, my name is Grant I’m a 20 years old Chemical Engineering student from The University of Birmingham currently on a Summer Placement in Technical Services. Outside of work I enjoy trekking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, rugby, cricket, and anything that gets me outdoors.

Iain Gray My name is Ian Gray and I have joined ConocoPhillips on a year’s placement. I am an undergraduate Chemical Engineer working towards my Masters Degree from the University of Manchester. In my spare time I enjoy walking and being outdoors. I hope to see you all around and I look forward to meeting you.

Paul Grant Hi, my name is Paul Grant, I hail from Glasgow and I study Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde University. I am currently half way through my summer placement here at ConocoPhillips within Division B. In my spare time I like to toss the caber, go “Nessie” spotting or play the bagpipes. I enjoy haggis and drinking the odd spot of whiskey when the mood suits.

Hayley Burn

Andy Anderson

Mitchell Stevenson

Cheryl Cooke

Hi, I’m Hayley Burn and I’m working here at ConocoPhillips for a year as a Human Resource placement student. I have been living in Lincoln for the past two years studying at university for a degree in Human Resources. In my spare time I like to follow Liverpool FC and enjoy going to Anfield to watch as many matches as possible.

My name is Andy Anderson I have worked at HOR for 22 years as a contractor with Initial. Since the 3rd April 2007 I have been working as an Operator at Tetney. On the 2nd June 2008 I became ConocoPhillips staff. I am loving the job at Tetney. My main hobbies are shooting, fishing and fitness training.

Hi, my name is Mitchell. I am currently on a one year finance placement at ConocoPhillips as part of my University course. I am studying Accounting for Management at Aston University. Outside of work I enjoy playing sport. I mainly play football but also like table tennis and running.

Hi, I'm Cheryl Cooke, and I've joined ConocoPhillips as a Financial Analyst. I'm working my way towards my accounting ACCA accreditation, and out of work I enjoy travelling and supporting Sheffield Wednesday Football Club through thick and thin!

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J U LY 2 0 0 8 August-September 2008 Congratulations to the following employees who have this month achieved these landmarks in their careers.

Congratulations! Let’s keep safety on green! Thursday 31st July saw our third safety morning where we take time out to have some quality discussions regarding ways of improving safety on our plant. This event followed on from our 2 previous events in 2007. In 2007 our safety performance took a bit of a setback with 28 injuries, and the first safety mornings were held with this as a backdrop. It is a credit to everyone that we have made it halfway through 2008 with only 5 minor recordable injuries and 3.5 million man-hours behind us without a single Lost Workday Case to employees or contractors. I first joined Humber Refinery in 1993 and I can remember in my early years here, that we used to continually talk about our fantastic safety performance, but in those days we didn’t focus on recordable injuries. We used to talk about employee lost workday cases rather than employee and staff recordable injuries combined. If we actually look at average 1990 – 1999 performance, the site would have suffered 44 recordable injuries this year for the man hours we have worked, which is a credit to how you are working this year. So despite it being hard work and always seeming to aim for an ever more difficult target, we can be proud that over the years, we have made a huge difference to safety on this site.

Much of the improvement over the years, and this year is no exception, has been from our contractor workforce (employees have maintained a pretty good safety record since 1990). This improvement is down to the contract workforces’ hard work and dedication as well as to all of the ConocoPhillips staff who interact with our contractors and play their part in keeping them safe whilst they are working on our site. In our third safety morning we introduced everyone to a simple, paperless tool which could well help us sustain our performance through the rest of 2008 and achieve our safety target. We have a great foundation on which to build and so an increase in hazard perception and dealing with those hazards as we find them could well go a long way to sustaining this performance. So let’s look out for the ambers in all that we do and turn as many to green as we can.

5 YEARS Div B Aromatics Ian Lund James Griffin Div C OM&S David Elmes Div C OM&S Mark Brewitt Div A Coking John Bates Div A Calciners Duncan Crosbie Div C Process Christopher Tweedy Div C OM&S Benjamin Leech Div A Calciners David Harvey Div B White Oils Andrew Newby Div B Maintenance Colin Mason Tech. Services Paul Atkinson Div A Coking

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Who is in the team?

Emergency Preparedness Co-ordinator Where are you from? Liverpool originally but now resident in Great Coates How long have you worked at ConocoPhillips? 2 years and 5 months How are you today? Tired Describe yourself in 3 words. “To be decided” Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla choc chip Who is your favourite cartoon character? Pluto Favourite tipple? Margaritas

What superpower would you most like to have? Power of the mind

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Name your 3 dream dinner guests. Oliver Reid, Ranulph Fiennes, John Lennon

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What’s your favourite word? However What car do you drive? Mercedes Benz If you weren’t at work today, what would you be doing? Pottering Fact or Fiction? Fact What is your favourite TV show? Malcolm in the middle Who is your favourite music artist/band? Radiohead Where was your last holiday to? Sarrburg, Germany What would be your ideal job? King If you won £1million on the lottery tomorrow, what would you buy? A small Scottish island and pronounce myself King of all I survey What is your most prized possession? Life

Main Canteen and about site Caron Watson Manager Judy Arnett, Cheryl Bailey, Eleanor Bates, Donna Buckley, Cheryl Cole (cook) Maureen Eckersley, Pauline Fields, Maggie Goodchild, Jo Harrison, Joan Hesketh, Paul Jordan, Daniel Kearns, Angela Keetley, Colleen Lawless (cook), Jane Lill, Kirsty Lill, Roy Mellors, Chico Mogg (cook), Natasha Mogg, Sonny Mogg, Katie and Emma Price, Elaine Rawcliffe, Lynn Ritchie, Liz Scott, Janice Stockdale, Carol Sunley, Michelle Darby, Mandy Pickering, Marcus Alcock, Ben Anderson, Emma Hodgkins, Henry Lawless, Rachel Mckenzie Sarah Toner, Heidi Trott, Kat Wilson and in Contractors Angela Weatherall (cook) Elaine Edwards, Donna Mills, Rachele Robinson.

Where are you based? Main Canteen and Contractors Canteen with 9 staff covering all areas of the site to supply shift meals and service 48 vending machines.

packed lunches, KAAG pensioners party, support other charity events, special meals VCIP, canteens normally open 5 days per week but will open nights and weekends as required.

What is the team most proud of? Providing a good quality lunch every day ensuring customers are not aware of any operational difficulties such as deliveries not arriving, equipment breaking, having no hot water etc

Who is the newest addition to your team and who is the longest serving team member? Joan Hesketh vending Supervisor 31 years service Amy Everett Casual Food service assistant who started 22/07/08 a Student who covers holidays etc

Best piece of safety advice ever given? If you haven’t been trained do not do it.

How does your team’s role support Humber operations?

If you could give one piece of advice to Humber to make your team’s life easier it would be...

We provide in excess of 1.5 million klix drinks per year. Feed between 900 and 1500 (during shut down) people per day depending on what is happening on site. Respond to emergencies as required providing water, emergency

Constructive feedback, with praise when things are good, not just moans. The girls put a lot of effort into their work in what is a very hot and difficult environment; it would be nice if occasionally they got a compliment!

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Our Emergency Response Team in action Paul Smith, Grimsby Telegraph Reporter, recently came to visit us at Humber Refinery, to see our Emergency Response Team (ERT) in action.  Some of the ERT, a 35 strong team, containing 15 fully trained firemen, took the Reporter along to show him just how professional and prepared they were for any emergency. The Team show cased their skills through a number of fire drills.  Paul’s conclusion, “To say I didn’t know what to expect is an understatement!  They made one exercise look so simple I volunteered to have a go – big mistake!” 

Once dressed up in full PPE the Emergency Response Team proceeded to take Paul with them on a training run.  “Lifting the giant hose on to my shoulder was one thing but then keeping it there once the water pressure was turned right up was another” stated Paul, “Only the strength of a team member kept me on my feet and allowed me to see just how difficult the job is – all I did was try and hold the hose!” Andy Kubler, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, explained

“The training session is something we do regularly to get the guys to work as a team on the fire ground….We can’t train for every eventuality but we can make ourselves ready for the day if it was to happen.”

Above: ...and so onto tea and medals

The Team receive 355 hours of dedicated training per member each year, and also go to the US to train at one of the world’s premier fire training schools in Texas.  The current team all have military, aviation, local authority or industrial backgrounds.  “It is very intense and hard work, but the important thing is we can control any given situation.” Andy added.

You can find out more about the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Andy Kubler, in this issue’s ‘Getting To Know…’ section on page 5.

Right: Andy Kubler, Paul Baron, Paul Macvey and Steve Ellis executing a controlled approach to a live LPG jet fire.

Andy was over heard by the Reporter at the end of the training session to say, “this is the best job in the world”.  It’s comment that highlights the total commitment and dedication of the Team and a job they love.

Team Members: From Left, Steve Ellis, Gary Brandman, Kurt Overend, Barry Pearman, Joe Mitchell, Paul Macvey, Paul Baron, and Andy Kubler.

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