Foster Fuels employees return home after relief efforts in Puerto Rico.BROOKNEAL, Va., December 22 2017 – Wholesale fuel distributer and emergency fuel management company Foster Fuels, Inc. (https://www.fosterfuelsmissioncritical.com/) has spent over one hundred successive days responding to three record-breaking hurricanes during the 2017 hurricane season. Working alongside agencies such as the Department of Defense (DoD), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Foster Fuels’ Mission Critical division provided logistics and fuel distribution to critical infrastructures across the devastated areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Providing diesel fuel, gasoline and propane to fuel the relief efforts of the United States government, Foster Fuels supplied thousands of gallons of fuel a day to enable key facilities to stay operational like hospitals, water treatment plants, kidney dialysis centers, communications towers, first responder operations centers, the National Guard and military vehicles.

“This mission has been possible with the Foster Fuels team getting to the right place at the right time with the fuel that is needed,” said U.S. Army Josielyn Carrasquillo LTC in a recent interview. “We are getting to those affected areas, to those hospitals, to those communication towers — building back Puerto Rico to come back to what we were before.”

After initial activation on August 25, 2017, Foster Fuels spent over a month aiding the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma across the South East. Then, on October 2, over 130 Foster Fuels’ and allied organizations’ employees left out of Lynchburg Regional Airport and headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico after category 5 Hurricane Maria left the island and surrounding areas devastated. Arriving later that day was a barge carrying over 120 fuel trucks that had left on September 26 from Jacksonville, Florida. After nearly three months overseas, a majority of the crew returned home on December 15, making their mission an almost four-month-long process.

Senior Vice President of Foster Fuels Stephen Tibbs said, “I am happy to report that the majority of our team will be home for the holidays. Operations have gone very well, and Foster Fuels has succeeded in every aspect of our mission. This is not a complete end to our mission,” he added, “but it is a significant milestone. There are many challenges that we are still working on that require a lot of focus.”

Foster Fuels is no stranger to the challenges of delivering emergency fuel in difficult times. Other notable activations include Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which caused over 75 billion dollars of damage, the magnitude seven earthquake in Haiti in 2010, and most recently category five Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Although the Foster Fuels Mission Critical team has been able to provide the needed fuel to the area to keep the relief efforts on the island running in the first moments of need on the island, Puerto Rico has a long road ahead to build the island back. Foster Fuels urges those around the local area and nationally to support Puerto Rico and their relief efforts as they rebuild and regain what was lost.

About Foster Fuels

Foster Fuels is a 96-year-old, privately-held corporation, providing distribution of diesel, gasoline, and propane to residential, commercial, and government customers through their Mission Critical Division. Foster Fuels operates a multi award-winning national and international emergency fuel division, Mission Critical, specializing in business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for day to day needs and prevention. For more information on Foster Fuels Mission Critical please visit: https://www.fosterfuelsmissioncritical.com/.

What Our Customers Think
  • David Schirmacher / Sr. Vice President, Portfolio Operations, Digital Realty
    As a result of our strategic partnership and the collaboration of our teams, we are pleased to report that all sited impacted maintained 100% uptime throughout the duration of the event as we successfully supported over 9 megawatts of critical load. Our success is a direct result of your team's coordination and perseverance in the face of extremely difficult and unpredictable conditions.
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    Cleco genuinely appreciates your support and partnership during our recovery effort. We consider you a critical part of Cleco's storm team, and, as I've told my team many times, nobody does it better.
  • John Formet / Sr FEMA Region IV Logistics Accountable Property Manager
    In my short time with FEMA and working seven major disasters, I have never worked with any contracting team that was more professional and such a pleasure to work with.
  • 1Lt Travis Michelena / JLC, Haiti
    I am deeply appreciative of the hard work and professionalism of Foster Fuels. We were sad to see you go, and hope to work with you again in the future.
  • Matt Ott / CDR, SC, USN
    Foster Fuels was able to quickly mobilize all heavy equipment, men, and materials and integrate quickly upon arriving into Haiti's chaotic conditions.
  • Giovanni Tuck / Brigadier General, USAF Commander
    Your herculean effort and dedication has helped millions of Americans during this devastating period. Your leadership on the ground and swift response to DLA Energy, FEMA, and state and local governments was critical the mission success.
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