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  1. Olin Brass proud to support local community, donates fire truck to QEM Fire Protection District

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    East Alton, IL — Olin Brass is pleased to support the volunteer firefighters in a nearby community through a fire truck donation to the QEM Fire Protection District. Safety is a shared value for Olin Brass and QEM, and a top priority for both organizations. The retired Engine 5111 is a 1987 Pierce Ford Rescue / Pumper with Waterous 1,000 GPM pump and a 750-gallon tank.

    Olin Brass Fire Chief, Tim Bunt, is a local volunteer Chief for Rosewood Heights Fire Protection District and he works closely with all of the area departments, both in training exercises and emergency support.  Fire Chief Gerald New, of QEM, contacted Chief Bunt when he heard Olin Brass was replacing one of its fire engines.

    “It is very important to Olin Brass that we are a good neighbor. In addition, every member of the Olin Brass Fire Department is a volunteer firefighter in our surrounding communities, as well as several from our operations team. Our firefighters, as well as hundreds of other first responders in our rural areas, serve these volunteer departments for no pay, even though they are heading toward dangerous situations regularly. Olin Brass has great pride in the many volunteers in our community, and we are humbled that we could help support their efforts in this way,” says Joe Wickenhauser, Lead Safety & Security Officer for Olin Brass.

    QEM plans to use Engine 5111 primarily to respond to vehicle accidents and vehicle fires, reserving its current trucks for other emergencies. Fire Chief Gerald New explains, “This will help take wear and tear off of the other trucks in our department and will extend the useful life of our current fire trucks. This important addition will assist our first responders who protect citizens across 127 square miles in our community.”

    “Olin Brass is fully committed to safety excellence. We are proud of the work our employees do every day, and their commitment to safety is unmatched. This donation to QEM demonstrates not only our commitment to safety, but also our appreciation for this wonderful community,” adds Dale Taylor, President of Olin Brass.

    Olin Brass is a proud employer of over 1,000 people at its Brass Mill and Casting Plant in East Alton, IL, and nearly 2,000 total employees at locations across the country.

    About Olin Brass

    Olin Brass is a division of GBC Metals, LLC, which is a key part of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. is a leading, value-added converter, fabricator, processor, and distributor of specialized non-ferrous products in North America. We engage in metal melting and casting, rolling, drawing, extruding, welding, stamping, and coating to fabricate finished and semi-finished alloy products from processed scrap, virgin metals, and other refined metals. Our products include a wide range of sheet, strip, foil, rod, tube, painted and fabricated metal component products. Our products are used in a variety of applications across diversified markets, including the building and housing, munitions, automotive, transportation, coinage, electronics/electrical components, industrial machinery and equipment and general consumer markets.

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    About QEM Fire District

    The QEM Fire Protection District is a volunteer department headquartered in Elsah, IL and serves the southwestern portion of Jersey County. Additionally, QEM provides fire protection to Otter Creek Fire Protection District by contract. We cover about 127 square miles, currently out of two fire stations. A third station has been planned for Otterville in the near future. Currently, QEM has 15 volunteers who provide a variety of services including fire suppression (both structure and wild land), vehicle and water rescue, and agricultural rescue. QEM provides EMS assistance to the local ambulance services providing both ALS and BLS care. We are also heavily involved in fire prevention within the schools and local businesses, as well as other community functions.   Last year, QEM responded to 540 calls for assistance within its district and provided mutual aid to surrounding fire districts.