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Pioneering public-private partnership between Chevron Richmond Refinery and Cal Maritime establishes full-scale safety and security training facility in Richmond

(RICHMOND, California – March 26, 2015) California State University Maritime Academy is opening the doors to its new Maritime Safety and Security Center. The Center is the only facility west of Texas for preparing professionals with essential and advanced skills for safety and security in the transportation industry.
A ribbon cutting featuring demonstrations and tours is set for Wednesday, April 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 756 West Gertrude Avenue in Richmond. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. 
The new Maritime Safety and Security Center, located in Richmond, is a resource for the training of first responders from local, state, regional and federal agencies. The Center also provides custom training and professional development courses for industry professionals.
"The MSSC fills training gaps for law enforcement, fire and emergency management first responders," said Bruce Clark, Cal Maritime's director of maritime security projects. "The Center focuses on standardized training that promotes collaboration between agencies. The goal is to create a network of capabilities to plan for, prevent, mitigate and recover from all potential disasters."
The Center was created through a public-private partnership between Cal Maritime and the Chevron Richmond Refinery.  Chevron provided a 5-acre piece of land to build the site, and funding to leverage a federal port security grant.
"Chevron is proud to collaborate with MSSC to develop this unique facility," said Kory Judd, Richmond Refinery General Manager. "A center like this will train current and future generations of first responders from around the state and the country."
Some of the programs and services offered at the MSSC include:
Marine firefighting and safety
Industrial firefighting and emergency response
Small arms certification
HAZMAT training
Small boat operations
Maritime security certification
Ongoing professional development
Customized courses and consulting

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Established in 1929, California Maritime Academy, a campus of The California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves approximately 1200 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Cal Maritime also offers a master's degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.


Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.


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Bobby King
Cal Maritime 
(707) 654-1245
Leah Casey
(510) 242-4700

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