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How to Deal with Uncontrolled Pressure Fires
The Art of Making Foam

The Art of Making Foam

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.

July 1, 2019

How Floating Roof Storage Tanks Work

An internal floating roof's purpose is to create a seal between the tank and the atmosphere. Sealing a tank leaves no gap through which to distribute foam. Foam can be pumped in through a manhole.

July 1, 2019

What Causes Storage Tanks to Collapse?

An oil tank could be working just fine. However, if it’s struck by lightning, a catastrophe could be imminent, particularly if the tank has not been grounded.

April 1, 2019

Fire School Instructors Join Crew That Extinguished Terminal Blaze

Team IRIS firefighters often apply their talents to emergencies in foreign locales such as Kuwait and Angola. On March 20, the Intercontinental Terminals fire in Deer Park, Texas gave them the opportunity to do some of their best work on American soil.

April 1, 2019

Dwight Williams Is Back in the Saddle Again

Dwight Williams Is Back in the Saddle Again

Rumors regarding the retirement of Dwight Williams, one of the leading figures in large-volume flammable liquid storage firefighting, have been greatly exaggerated if the March 20 extinguishment of the massive Intercontinental Terminals Co. fire in Deer Park, Texas, is any indication.

April 1, 2019

SFPRD's Pi Foam Firefighting System

The Swiss Fire Protection Research & Development AG Pi Foam Firefighting System for large volume flammable liquid storage tanks thrives on simplicity.

July 1, 2018

Boilover in Nicaragua Dies Unchallenged

Williams Fire & Hazard Control was ready, willing, and able to extinguish the aftermath of a crude oil boilover in Nicaragua that left two 150-foot diameter storage tanks in flames.

October 1, 2016

Singapore Firefighters Battle Tank Fire

Responders used a new, customized rapid intervention mobile package that includes Williams Fire & Hazard Control's Ambassador monitor that can shoot 6,000 gpm of foam onto the fire, the WFHC’s Dependapump, and large diameter hose.

July 1, 2016

Fear the Heat

Oxygen and fuel are readily available in hydrocarbon storage tanks. Only one more element is needed to complete the triangle of combustion.

January 1, 2016

Return to Danger Island

Report faults poor upkeep of measuring equipment for 2009 oil terminal blast in Puerto Rico

July 1, 2015

Tacoa Remembered

Tacoa Remembered

A lost friend is recalled on the anniversary of the worst boilover disaster on record.

January 1, 2013