Firefighter/Paramedics Nikki Weiss, left, and Chard Zarback prepare to load equipment into one of two new ambulances recently acquired by the Pantex Plant.
All firefighters at Pantex are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and many are Paramedics, qualified to perform advanced life support operations in the new ambulances. Pantex maintains fire and ambulance crews on standby 24 hours a day to respond to plant emergencies and to assist surrounding municipalities through mutual aid agreements.
This week is National Emergency Medical Services Professionals Week, which was started in 1974 by President Gerald Ford to recognize the service of EMS professionals to their communities. Pantex hosted a cookout Friday to honor Fire Department personnel in advance of EMS Professionals Week.
Teams from a variety of large and small businesses throughout Amarillo, including Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), students from Amarillo Independent School District and a few caring individuals gathered to support the 2016 United Way Day of Caring.
Pantex team members gather at the United Way Day of Caring event. From left: Thomas Hunt, Jared Taylor, Allen Fowler, Francisco Ramirez, Willie Gomez, Sebern Groves, Maurice Austin, Nate Henderson, Johnny Cox, Kyle Owens, Reid Copelin, Bradley Appier, Mark Heckman, Andy Blalock and Vickie Hook.
Fifteen Pantexans dispersed into three teams of five to help the Texas Ramp Project build wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly individuals throughout Amarillo. A few of the men from the Pantex carpentry shop jumped right in to run the saw, level a board and teach other team members how to perfectly align a hand rail.
Pantex employees donate labor to help those in need during the United Way Day of Caring.
“It always feels good to help those in need. Doris’s [ramp recipient] face lit up when she saw the finished ramp,” said Thomas Hunt, Pantex Instrument Shop supervisor. “It was fun to build some camaraderie with other employees I don’t encounter on a daily basis at work. I’m glad that we work somewhere that afforded us the opportunity to help out the community.”
After each team completed its build, the teams split into groups of two or three and headed to separate locations where they painted ramps built a few weeks prior.
In total, CNS Pantex was able to help build three ramps and paint five additional ramps to support the missions of the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon’s 2016 Day of Caring and the Texas Ramp Project.
Employees at both sites also donated gently used athletic shoes to the MORE Foundation Group to assist in fighting poverty, hunger and global warming. See more photos from Earth Day below.
An employee at Pantex donates used athletic shoes to the MORE Foundation Group as part of Earth Day observances on site.
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) celebrates Earth Day every day by recycling everything from regular office paper to electronic equipment and scrap metal. In 2015, employees at Pantex and Y-12 recycled more than 6 million pounds of materials, demonstrating their commitment to environmental stewardship.
Just past the mid-point of fiscal year 2016, production levels achieved at Pantex continue to increase. The result is that overall, weapon schedule performance through February came in within one percent of expected completions. Adding to the plant’s recent accomplishments, Pantex is ahead of schedule on several major programs, according to Pantex Deputy Site Manager Corey Strickland.
A Pantex production technician performs work on a W87. The W87 Limited-Life Component Exchange, or LLCE, is one of several programs on which Pantex is ahead of schedule.
Those programs include the W76-1 LEP program that enables Pantex to continue to meet critical U.S. Navy shipments; the W87 Limited‑Life Component Exchange, or LLCE , which is an Air Force Requirement; and the Dismantlement Program.
“Laser‑like focus each day has helped ensure that our critical DoD deliverables are met, the schedule margin is increased and that we are well positioned for FY 2017,” Strickland said.
Senior Director of Weapons Operations David Cole attributes the recent production success to “having the entire plant to focus on meeting the mission delivery.” He believes continued support from the dedicated professionals in all areas of the plant is what it takes to keep up the momentum.
“Receiving quick responses from our engineering team and the national laboratories on technical issues when they come up has contributed greatly to our success,” added Senior Technical Advisor Alonzo Everhart.
“Please stay focused. Our diligence is paying off,” Strickland said recently to Pantex organizational representatives.