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Pine Bend Fire Chief Pete Herpst to Retire After 27 Years of Service

Rosemount, Minn. – Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery announced today the retirement of its long-time fire chief Pete Herpst, who is stepping down today after being a key part of the refinery’s fire department for more than a quarter century.  Read more…

It has long been said that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That axiom is at the core of what Wakota CAER is about.  Effective prevention and preparedness can only be accomplished through collaborative efforts. Contrary to the perception, competing companies and industries can come together to share information and resources when lives are at stake.


The vision of the Wakota (CAER) is to provide and support preparedness for public safety and environmental protection.

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The mission of Wakota CAER is to foster a collaborative culture through networking, communication, and education that results in a higher level of public safety and environmental quality.  Learn More>>


The Mississippi River Spill Response Cooperative

In 1971, aviation fuel poured into the Mississippi River from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Airport responders enlisted the aid of downriver industries… Learn More>>

radioRadio System

The Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB) in 2005 authorized Wakota CAER to operate on the 800 MHz Radio System during emergency responses and training exercises for incidents involving oil or hazardous materials.   Learn More>>