Foam partners test fluorine/non fluorine foams at Beaumont fire school

Legendary industrial firefighter Dwight Williams is proposing a compromise. If he pulls it off, it could be a major step forward in resolving the irreconcilable controversy over the continued use of fluorinated chemicals in firefighting foam. Dwight P. Williams and US Fire Pump used the 42-foot diameter storage tank project at the newly reopened International Rescue Training Field in Beaumont, TX to test his fluorinated 1 x 3 AR-AFFF Signature series foam using the US Fire Pump Defender fixed appliance. With nearly a minute of pre-burn before application of the foam the fire was totally extinguished in two minutes and 43 seconds using the single Defender appliance.  Foam was metered with a 1½-inch line educator moving 125 gpm set at one percent. “Although this was impressive, our application rate was only .07,” Williams said “If our application rate was up to about .10 it puts the fire out a lot quicker.”...
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Taking the Plunge: New AR-AFFF hits industrial fire market

Success is accomplishing a particular objective, goal or aim. Failure is the inability to achieve success. In industrial firefighting, the main factor that distinguishes the two is the selection of tools, industrial fire protection giant Dwight Williams told firefighters in October. “Bottom line, what’s the difference between you and me?” Williams asked. “I’m a little older, a little taller maybe than some of you, but not any smarter or braver. It’s the selection of tools and equipment that makes the difference.” Successful extinguishment is the value of the product saved being greater than the cost of extinguishment, including lost time injuries, Williams told firefighters attending the US Fire Pump Big Water Symposium in Baton Rouge. Just being on hand when the fire finally goes out does not count as a success, he said. With more than 100 major industrial emergency operations to his credit, Williams joined with US Fire Pump and...
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New AR-AFFF hits industrial fire market

    Success is accomplishing a particular objective, goal or aim. Failure is the inability to achieve success. In industrial firefighting, the main factor that distinguishes the two is the selection of tools, industrial fire protection giant Dwight Williams told firefighters in October. “Bottom line, what’s the difference between you and me?” Williams asked. “I’m a little older, a little taller maybe than some of you, but not any smarter or braver. It’s the selection of tools and equipment that makes the difference.” Successful extinguishment is the value of the product saved being greater than the cost of extinguishment, including lost time injuries, Williams told firefighters attending the US Fire Pump Big Water Symposium in Baton Rouge. Just being on hand when the fire finally goes out does not count as a success, he said. With more than 100 major industrial emergency operations to his credit, Williams joined with US Fire...
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Dwight Williams returns to fire protection with Signature series foam product

  HOLDEN, LA – US Fire Pump is proud to announce the release of Dwight Williams' newest product, Signature Series Foam.   Dwight Williams has over 100 major successful operations of extinguishment and control of hazardous situations under his belt, including two of the largest, extinguished tank fires this nation has seen – Orion Refinery in New Orleans, LA and Tenneco Refinery in Chalmette, LA. Additionally, with Dwight Williams’ leadership his team pioneered the development of specialized equipment and methodology so unique they were patented during his ownership of a large, industrial firefighting company. Dwight re-defined extinguishment by making it faster and safer with less exposure to the firefighter.   Dwight has always “Thought Outside the Box” and is continuing to develop new products that reduce risk, minimize exposure and save life and property. His new foam product is a testament to that fact. Dwight has been working diligently to develop...
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Dwight Williams inducted into National Fire Heritage Center's Hall of Legends

Dwight Williams, founder of Williams Fire & Hazard Control, was among 13 new inductees into the National Fire Heritage Center's Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders during ceremonies Monday in Emmitsburg, MD.   The Hall of Legends, established by the Heritage Center's board of directors, provides individual recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the fire and emergency services mission.   Williams became a legendary leader in industrial fire protection and built a family business using innovative efforts to make industrial fire protection safer and more effective. He successfully extinguished or controlled over 100 major industrial fires. He contributed significantly to identifying new tools and practices, owning 59 firefighting equipment patents, and is recognized around the world as the leader in the field of flammable liquid firefighting.   Other fire service leaders named to the Hall of Legends include:   Ronny J. Coleman Retired Fire Chief, California State Fire Marshal, and founding...
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Dwight Williams announces partnership with Spanish manufacturer of fire foam

  When an entrepreneur leaves a business he has built over a lifetime, many things change. The market can get better or worse, said Dwight Williams, one of the highly regarded innovators in industrial firefighting today.   “It’s apparent to me that there is room for a foam manufacturer who makes a premiere product,” Williams told the audience at the U.S. Fire Pump “Big Water” Symposium in November In Baton Rouge.   Williams, who retired in 2012, announced from the podium his new partnership with Auxquimia Fire Fighting Products of Spain to introduce a “signature” brand to the firefighting foam market that will bear his name.   “That’s been my motto since 1969,” Williams said. “If you can’t put your name on it, don’t build it.”   He said he expects Auxquimia to have the new brand ready by January 17, his birthday.   Among the few details about the new...
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Texas Gulf Coast faces repeat of 2001 Tropical Storm Allison disaster

EDITORS NOTE: With Hurricane Harvey barrelling toward the Texas Gulf Coast, it might be time to remember a similar emergency in 2001 that raised havoc with the petroleum industry. The following article is taken from the book "Disasters Man-Made," written by David White and Anton Riecher.   TROPICAL STORM ALLISON set the stage for one of the seminal events in modern industrial fire fighting – the successful extinguishment of a burning jumbo storage tank with substantial product saved. Every firefighter who participated in this breakthrough can claim a piece of the history making story.   “The thing I will remember about this fire is the dedication shown by the firefighters, the teamwork and their ability to shift to a higher gear even when they were tired,” said J.R. Chidester, fire chief for the Orion Oil refinery complex in Norco, LA.   Dwight Williams, contracted by Orion to assist Chidester, specializes in...
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Magpetco

In January 1974, Les and Dwight Williams joined forces in Port Neches, Texas, to fight their first big storage tank fire.   When people ask about the worst fire Dwight Williams ever responded to, he replies with one word — Magpetco. Thousands of barrels of burning crude oil jumped out of a storage tank and chased the firefighters like a demon conjured from a witch’s cauldron.   Williams, who later founded Williams Fire & Hazard Control, today describes what happened as "absolutely unbelievable."   "I was in the dike with the tank that erupted," he said. "Oil kept going up and up. Then I realized that stuff was fixing to come down eventually. I went to running."   Everything caught in the path of that superheated tidal wave instantly blackened, blistered and broiled. And, yet, Magpetco, which stands for Magnolia Petroleum Company, is a fire that is all but forgotten. Other...
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Magic Wand

      Magic Wand Williams F&HC demonstrates a new device.   For decades, foam chambers have been the fire fighting fixed system of preference in protecting large diameter storage tanks. Williams Fire & Hazard Control is proposing a simpler, more cost effective alternative – foam wands.   On Dec. 14, Williams F&HC conducted a test of their latest wand, a stainless steel, maintenance free applicator that delivered foam over a distance three times as great as a standard foam chamber in the same or less time. "We’re once again thinking outside the box," Williams F&HC founder Dwight Williams said.   Foam wands have been a standard tool in the industrial firefighter’s bag for many years. The configuration makes it easy to slip into position over the rim of a storage tank. Once the firefighter retreats to a safe distance, the wand delivers foam at a 4:1 expansion rate to put...
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Magpetco

  In January 1974, Les and Dwight Williams joined forces in Port Neches, Texas, to fight their first big storage tank fire.   When people ask about the worst fire Dwight Williams ever responded to, he replies with one word — Magpetco. Thousands of barrels of burning crude oil jumped out of a storage tank and chased the firefighters like a demon conjured from a witch’s cauldron.   Williams, who later founded Williams Fire & Hazard Control, today describes what happened as "absolutely unbelievable."   "I was in the dike with the tank that erupted," he said. "Oil kept going up and up. Then I realized that stuff was fixing to come down eventually. I went to running."   Everything caught in the path of that superheated tidal wave instantly blackened, blistered and broiled. And, yet, Magpetco, which stands for Magnolia Petroleum Company, is a fire that is all but forgotten....
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Trigger Time

  Chevron firefighters take to the TEEX training field at Texas A&M to gain valuable live-fire experience   Below photos taken during a recent visit by Chevron firefighters to the Brayton Fire Training Field at Texas A&M University            
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Taking Charge Mississippi firefighters build big reputation

Collins, MS, Fire Chief John Pope laughs it off when people jokingly refer to him as the Red Adair or Dwight Williams of South Mississippi. But, like Will Rogers once said, people never laugh at anything that is not based on the truth.   “I tell folks ‘I don’t think I’d go that far,’” Pope said. “They say ‘Well, you’re the person everybody calls when they have fuel fires.’ So I guess that part is true.”   On March 7, the Collins F.D. Special Operations Response Team put the latest notch in their growing reputation as specialists in hydrocarbon emergencies. On a clear day with no storms, an explosion blew the roofs off two oil storage tanks containing more than 33,000 gallons of crude oil located in Jefferson Davis County.   Within one hour of the initial call, firefighters had the resulting full surface fires extinguished.   “Getting to the scene...
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