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CFD and Solvay Charleston Strengthen Community Partnership
3/20/2013 4:15:05 PM

left to right: Battalion Chief Randy Carter – Director Training, Fire Chief Karen Brack, Solvay Plant Manager Charles Tuskan, Solvay Health & Safety Manager Michael Kalar.

  Charleston Fire Department (CFD) and Solvay Charleston (formerly Rhodia) have launched an expanded community partnership based on a shared commitment to collaboration and emergency preparedness.


  Solvay, a specialty chemicals manufacturer located on a 100-acre site on King Street Extension, recognized the value of cooperation between both organizations with a donation of $5,000 to Charleston Fire Department’s training programs.


  “Community partnerships, such as this, are critical for our success,” said Charleston Fire Department Chief Karen Brack. “By working together we can ensure a rapid and successful response to an emergency.


  This donation will be utilized by our Training Division to promote firefighter preparedness which directly impacts our response capabilities.”

  “We are pleased to welcome Fire Chief Brack to Charleston and look forward to building our community emergency preparedness capacity under her leadership,” said Solvay Plant Manager Charles Tuskan. Cooperation between CFD and Solvay is long-standing and includes participation in emergency training drills at the plant site, past equipment donations to CFD, and active CFD participation on Solvay’s Community Advisory Panel.


  In fact, Fire Chief Brack launched the Community Advisory Panel’s 2013 program line-up with a keynote presentation on the importance of community partnerships.


  “We have an important history of working together,” Tuskan said of the relationship between his company and CFD. “However, we can always strengthen our emergency preparedness.


  Our commitment to community safety is a commitment to continuous improvement.” Solvay’s Charleston site, acquired from Rhodia in 2011, produces chemical ingredients used in flame retardant, agricultural, industrial and water treatment applications.


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