Catlettsburg, Kentucky,
09:12 PM

MPC employees team up with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Some Catlettsburg, Kentucky, area “Littles” recently got a chance to spend time on the job with their “Bigs” during a field trip organized by Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) Catlettsburg refinery and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Tri-State. Fifteen refinery employees serve as Bigs for BBBS, an organization whose mission is to place role models and mentors in the lives of children.

About fifteen students, ranging from third- to seventh-graders and representing Catlettsburg Elementary and Boyd County Middle schools, took part in the half-day event. After donning hard hats and introducing themselves, the Littles got a lesson in fire safety from Refinery Fire Chief Chris Steel.

“Chris talked about what you should do if a fire breaks out in your house, along with some of the responsibilities of our MPC firefighters,” notes Amber Toney, a Big Sister and refinery engineer.

The Littles next got a look at the world’s largest-capacity fire truck, also known as the Liquidator.

“There are only two of these trucks in existence, and one of them calls the Catlettsburg refinery home,” says Toney. “The Littles also got a firsthand opportunity to learn what their Bigs do on the job, with several refinery groups represented.”

Catlettsburg refinery Operations Supervisor John Highfield rounded out the day’s events with a presentation about what it takes to run the refinery each day.

“He brought along tools and gloves used every day, and the Littles got a chance to see and try some on,” adds Toney. “Everyone had a great day, and we’re looking forward to next year’s BBBS event.”