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The Big Spring Refinery held its annual emergency response drill Thursday morning which involved a plethora of state, local and national agencies.
â€śItâ€™s an annual emergency response drill we have as part of our obligations with the Texas Railroad Commission since we have underground storage wells,â€ť said Randy Hillman, general manager of logistics at Alon USA Big Spring Refinery and a member of the incident command team. â€śItâ€™s a great way for us, Alon and for the community to be involved and train in the event of a real emergency,â€ť
Beginning at 10 a.m., a vapor release warning sent the refineryâ€™s firefighting team â€” the Red Hats â€” plus the Big Spring Fire Department and the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department to the companyâ€™s fire grounds to tackle a simulated fire. The drill ended at noon.