07/09/2017 AVFUEL ON TOP OF FUELING NEEDS AS NATURAL DISASTERS RAVAGE U.S.

AVFUEL ON TOP OF FUELING NEEDS AS NATURAL DISASTERS RAVAGE U.S.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and in anticipation for Hurricane Irma—in addition to the numerous wildfires throughout the western portion of the country--Avfuel’s logistics and supply departments are hard at work keeping FBOs supplied with fuel; this is crucial for the affected regions in evacuation, search and rescue, and relief efforts. Operating around the clock, the team’s ultimate goal is to provide reliable fuel supply and efficient communication while prioritizing the safety of all parties involved. 

“When it comes to natural disasters, we are proactive in getting ahead of the event and our customers’ fuel needs,” said Ben Spence, Avfuel’s logistics manager. “Our redundant supply situation and sophisticated logistic systems allow our definitive experts to handle unforeseen emergencies like Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and the wildfires occurring in California.”

Such proactive measures help ensure FBOs receive fuel to evacuate passengers and planes, keep tanks heavy for stability during storms, and sustain operations for medivac and helicopters, and their tenants’ return. Fuel reliability has been key for FBOs throughout southeast Texas who have been major players in relief efforts throughout Hurricane Harvey.

“Many of our network locations are serving as strategic hubs for relief efforts, requiring multiple loads of fuel per day—we’ve seen up to almost 10 fuel loads per day at some locations to support their operations,” said Matt Matthews, district manager for Avfuel. “These FBOs have been important for evacuating people from hospitals and senior centers, transferring them to the FBO, and then transporting them on to facilities throughout the United States through air ambulance and medivac missions. It’s not uncommon for some of these FBOs to have scores of aircraft on hand to assist in evacuations. The response from all operating facilities throughout the state has been pivotal for emergency operations in the aftermath of the storm by staging relief aircraft, and supplying the military and various relief organizations with fuel and support for their C-130s, C-17s, helicopters, King Airs and more. We’ve been busy ensuring that despite refinery outages and pipeline closures, these FBOs receive the fuel supply they need to continue their operations.”

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