Bringing Together Process, Utility Piping is a Convenience at Most Plants and Refineries. But in a Fire it Can Quickly Lead to Danger.
Sharing the hard-won wisdom
COVID-19 concerns factored into response dealing with burning plastics
A catastrophic train wreck gave a volunteer fire department a chance to shine with help from refinery firefighting resources
Nobody on the Brayton Fire Training Field during the annual Industrial Fire School in July knows the pipe alley project better than retired Exxon firefighter Harold Broom. He has served as an instructor on the prop for 10 years, graduating to module leader for the course four years ago.
The Ansul Flowmax PPW variable range proportioner utilizes a variable orifice to meter an accurate flow of liquid foam concentrate over a wider range of flows and pressures than standard balanced pressure pump proportioners.
Immediate access to trained professionals makes for-profit fire response appealing.
In this column, I will address specific types of fire extinguishers and extinguishing agents, touch on various methods of applying extinguishing agents, and I will also put forth as examples some of the fire extinguishers carried by FDNY.
When the big bell rings it is "all hands on deck" to load up and get underway. We have to remember the most important element, namely communication with John Q. Public.
Kinder Morgan's most recent fire training, conducted in April at the Refinery Terminal Fire Company training field in Corpus Christi, TX, is specifically structured to value team performance.
As industrial firefighters, we need to develop safety officers who are members of our team and understand what makes our work different.
Pressure fires fed by piping leaks can aggravate storage tank fires.
Foam chemistry is a delicate balancing act. A large component of this year’s Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training conducted at Brayton Fire Training Field involved acquainting industrial firefighters with the conflicting factors that make new fire foams difficult to develop.
Contamination issues at fire training facilities (particularly airports and defense sites) from intensive training use over decades, is raising government pressure, and focusing attention on the environmental costs of legacy PFOS and PFOA usage.
Why would you need at 350-pound dry chemical wheel unit at a storage tank fire? Dwight Williams, founder of Williams Fire & Hazard Control, referred to his experience at a recent massive terminal fire while addressing the Industrial Rescue Fire Training conference in May.