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Star of the Park: Brent Hahn
Shell Deer Park Refinery, Deer Park Texas
Brent Hahn, HSSE shift field representative, fire chief for the Kemah, TX Fire Department
When Brent Hahn hired on as an HSE shift field representative for Shell Deer Park in July 2010, his decision came as no surprise to Angie Stack. She heads the site’s HSE Shift Field Support and Emergency Services, and she remembers Hahn as a young boy visiting the Deer Park fire department before his grandfather, Pat Manley, retired from the site Health and Safety group and the Deer Park Fire Department.
“He grew up with his grandfather being in the fire department and fire service,” Stack recalls. “He lived it. He breathed it – and that’s what he wanted to do as a career.”
Manley would have been proud of his grandson’s exemplary work, Stack believes. “Whatever I ask Brent to do, he gets it done the right way – no shortcuts – and in a very timely manner,” she explains.
“Brent is the assistant team lead for the Shell Medical and Rescue Team (SMART), and his commitment and attention to detail in developing and implementing controlled substance procedures, equipment inspections and training have been amazing. His supervisor has nothing but praise for him.”
Manley also would have been proud of Hahn’s role in shaping the Kemah Fire Department, which he joined nine years ago. “Its program needed a lot of work,” he recalls, “and its volunteers had nobody to give them guidance. I joined the department for that purpose.”
Today, as its fire chief, Hahn spends 20 to 30 hours a week, sometimes more, managing the department’s day-to-day operations and ensuring that it complies with regulations, its equipment is inspected and well-maintained, its 33 firefighters receive training and morale remains high. He also responds to many of the 850 emergency calls the department receives, on average, each year.
Under Hahn’s leadership, the department recently received the 2012 First Responder Organization of the Year Award from the Texas Department of Health.
The award, presented at the 2012 Texas EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Conference in Austin, commemorates a first-responder organization that demonstrated leadership in EMS in patient care, public access, medical control, disaster preparedness, public education or training.
It wasn’t the first honor Hahn has received for emergency service; nine years ago, he was named Citizen of the Year by the League City Chamber of Commerce, nominated by the city manager of Clear Lake Shores for his role in rescuing victims of a late-night, two-boat collision.
However, he takes particular pride in the Texas Health Department’s award because it reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by every member of the firefighting team.
“Everybody pitches in and makes a difference,” he reports. “Our response time is under four minutes, and our members continue to go through training to further their EMS education. They get up in the middle of the night to answer calls, even if they have to go to work the next day. That’s definitely something to be admired.”
Shell Deer Park is a 1,500-acre complex located in Deer Park, Texas, approximately 20 miles east of downtown Houston along the Houston Ship Channel. Founded in 1929, Shell Deer Park is now home to 1,700 employees who operate a fully integrated refinery and petrochemical facility 24 hours a day.