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GCAP Remembers Ronnie Peek

by on Jun.22, 2015, under News

GCAP remembers Ronnie Peek with annual scholarships  for public safety employees’ children

To honor the Finney County men and women who provide for its citizens public safety, Garden City Ammonia Program, also known as G.C.A.P., has established the Ronnie Peek Memorial Scholarship Fund that will provide three $1,000 scholarships for the children and stepchildren of the Garden City Police department, Garden City Fire Department, and Finney County EMS.

Ronnie Peek

Ronnie Peek

The scholarship fund was named in memory of 16-year Garden City fire department veteran Ronnie Peek who died during training exercises in January 2015. “We have done safety training with the GCFD for a lot of years and Ron had gone through many of our classes,” said Randy Williams, president of the Garden City Ammonia Program (GCAP). “We know these men and women put their lives on the line for us every day so we made the decision to offer scholarships for their children and stepchildren as a way of recognizing their efforts and saying thanks.”

The scholarships, which have been set up and will be managed by Western Kansas Community Foundation, will offer three $1,000 awards each year—one each for police, fire, and EMS. Only children and stepchildren of those departments’ employees are eligible for award consideration. These students must have graduated or be graduating from a Kansas high school, have attained a 2.5 or better GPA, and must complete a scholarship application form.

“The scholarships will be utilized toward the student’s tuition and/or books,” said Shea Sinclair, Western Kansas Community Foundation executive director. “The post-secondary school must be accredited and may be a four- or two-year college, a vocational-technical program, or other state-recognized certification program. We are so pleased and honored to be part of helping make this scholarship available to the children of those who serve and protect in Finney County.”

Funding to continue the yearly awards will be provided from the proceeds gleaned from the Region 7 Ammonia Safety Day held each May at the Kansas City Community College. Williams, along with his son Jeremy and several other staff members and instructors, present refresher courses and training throughout an entire day to 350-400 participants. Vendors are also on hand to display and demonstrate the latest equipment and technology being used in ammonia and carbon dioxide refrigeration, boiler operations, and process safety management.

“We provide recertification and OSHA training to groups of technicians with varied skill levels and sets,” said Williams. “We understand the importance of education and the challenges that can arise when trying to pay for that education. From Ron’s tragedy came the opportunity for us to offer some help as well as to show our appreciation for these unsung heroes. It’s a start.”

Melissa Gallegos, WKCF program officer, Shea Sinclair, executive director, Lana Peek, Rachel Williams, GCAP office manager, and Jeremy Williams, GCAP managing director.

Melissa Gallegos, WKCF program officer, Shea Sinclair, executive director, Lana Peek, Rachel Williams, GCAP office manager, and Jeremy Williams, GCAP managing director.

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Hot Off The Shelf

by on Jun.15, 2015, under News

GCAP’s two newest edition of books are ready for sale.

Understanding Industrial Refrigeration from the Inside Out (Edition 3)


Implementing Process Safety Management for Ammonia Refrigeration (Edition 5)

Understanding Industrial Refrigeration from the Inside Out can be obtained by attending one of GCAP’s Ammonia Operator I Courses or purchased for $285.00 plus shipping. Please contact Kristen De La Pena @ 620.271.0037 or ammonia@pld.com

To see a detailed index of the book see this link GCAP’s Ammonia Operator I Book

GCAP's Ammonia Book

Implementing Process Safety Management for Ammonia Refrigeration came back this last March with our 5th Edition. This book is received with taking GCAP’s PSM/RMP course or can be purchased for $895.00.  Please contact Kristen De La Pena of GCAP at 620.271.0037 or ammonia@pld.com.   The look at a detailed index of the book please visit this link.

PSM Book Cover

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2015 Safety Day

by on Jun.09, 2015, under News

This years safety day in Kansas City was a great success.  We want to thank you all for coming and vendors and sponsor for support.  We had over 35 vendors and 350 participants in this years event.  Lucy Tyler of the CSB gave a great presentation as well as the other speakers.  Presentations are available at this link.

2015 GCAP Safety Day 30

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Last Chance To Register

by on May.11, 2015, under News

Participants from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Each year brings new topics. Guest speakers on ammonia safety, ammonia refrigeration, PSM/RMP, and RAGAGEP. Lunch will be served and a great chance to continue your education.

Special guest from the CSB (Chemical Safety Board) will give a presentation of lessons learned of the Mobile, AL accident.


May 28, 2015 @ Kansas City Community College

Register Today

KC SD Agenda

GCAP Safety Day

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Keeping It In The Pipes!

by on May.05, 2015, under News

New Shirt Available


Certified Ammonia Technician

Various styles of shirts and sizes.  Limited production and availability.  Order yours today.

 Click Here to see styles and prices.


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CO2: The future of Refrigeration

by on Apr.23, 2015, under News

Carbon Dioxide has been used in open and closed loop refrigeration processes for over 100 years. Today in commercial and industrial arenas it is grabbing some of the market share. With the phase out of “Freons”, natural refrigerant designs are grabbing attention.

Many leaders in the industrial field are implementing cascade “brine” and cascade compression systems.  The commercial world is working with cascade systems as well, but also looking at co2 trans-critical.

GCAP’s CO2 Technician course covers all design methods, and you get to run, charge, troubleshoot, adjust, and manipulate a cascade overfeed system.

GCAP CO2 Course 1.10

Danfoss Video of CO2 Phase Changes: Sub Critical/Super Critical/Saturated

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GCAP’s Ammonia Lab: Hands On Training

by on Apr.16, 2015, under News

Another Day @ GCAP

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Thoughts and Prayers to friends around Rochelle, IL

by on Apr.16, 2015, under News

GCAP held a PSM/RMP course in Rochelle, IL this week with Rueben McGilvary and Randy Williams.  Our prayers go out to all the families affected by the tornado this last week. With all that taken into consideration it was  a great weak.


At GCAP, wrapping up a great week of Operator II.

GCAP Ammonia Operator II GCAP Level 2 Ammonia Training GCAP Operator II great GCAP Operator II

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Highlights at the IIAR Conference

by on Apr.06, 2015, under News

IIAR put on a great show this year in San Diego.  It was the best we have been to yet.  Got to re-connect with some great friends and made some new.  Thank you all for your support and stopping by the booth.  Look forward to next year.

GCAPs booth

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Hydraulic Shock: Dangers with Hot Gas Defrost

by on Mar.26, 2015, under News

CSB safety video detailing key lessons for preventing hydraulic shock in ammonia refrigeration systems based on the CSB’s investigation into the accident at Millard Refrigerated Services Inc. on August 23, 2010. 32,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia were released to the atmosphere, resulting in over thirty offsite workers being hospitalized – four in an intensive care unit.


The CSB will be presenting at GCAP’s Ammonia Safety Day May 28, 2015.  Click here for more info

Dangers of Hydraulic Shock!

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