Meet the Formulator: Fluorine foams remain indispensable to industrial firefighting, expert says

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Opponents of firefighting foam containing fluorinated chemicals fail to fairly weigh the overwhelming benefits of these products against evidence that exposure can ultimately lead to adverse health effects in humans, said Mitch Hubert, a leading chemist or “formulator” working in this specialized market. Speaking to an international audience of industrial fire responders in October, Hubert said that fluorinated foams are under attack from an environmental standpoint on a worldwide basis.  “That has really led us to a crossroads in the firefighting foam industry,” he said. “Do we stay with fluorinated foams or go to non-fluorinated foams? There are advantages and disadvantages on both sides of that argument.” Chief among the disadvantages for industrial firefighters is the lack of a substantial track record of success using non-fluorinated foam, Hubert said. “Fluorine free foams have not proven to be as effective in large catastrophic fire,” he said. “This is much of what the...
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Ferrara's Super Pumper exceeds industry records

  HOLDEN, LA – May 23, 2018 - Ferrara’s high capacity Super Pumper™ has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) confirmation for a flow capability of 6256 gallons per minute from draft at a discharge pressure of 125 PSI.  Ferrara has once again exceeded the record for pump performance. The actual performance test has been documented and witnessed by both Underwriters Laboratories and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.   With this new increased flow capability, fire departments will no longer be limited to the standard industrial rating of 100 percent capacity at only 100 PSI net discharge pressure.  Breaking the 100 PSI ceiling has been made possible with the unit’s new HPV6000 pump from US Fire Pump. With four 8-inch and one 12-inch intake connections, the ability to be remotely supplied from mega hydrants is now feasible.    Other features of the Ferrara Super Pumper™ include: Triple threat deck gun system offering...
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Shell responder grew up surrounded by the refinery industry

    Working in a refinery is a career that can be unique for a young female college graduate. But refineries were an essential part of life where Shell process operator and emergency responder Victoria Reneau grew up. “It’s nice to be involved in something that you’ve been around your whole life but never really understood,” Reneau said. “Now I understand.” Norco, located 24 miles west of New Orleans, takes its name from the original refinery built there more than one hundred years ago, the New Orleans Refining Company The Shell Petroleum Corporation, a forerunner of Shell Oil Company, acquired the Norco Refinery in 1929. The chemical plant was added in 1955. The Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex, is an integrated petrochemicals asset that has the capacity to process 250,000 barrels of crude oil a day among other fuels. In addition, the site’s chemical plant produces ethylene and propylene, aromatic feedstocks, and...
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US Fire Pump flow reaches 30,000 gpm

Had it not been for the mighty Mississippi nearby, the flow demonstration that highlighted the US Fire Pump’s Big Water Symposium in November might have qualified as the biggest movement of water in Baton Rouge history.   An array of pumps, hose and monitors surrounding the testing pond at the Louisiana State University’s Fire and Emergency Training Institute delivered a combined flow rate of 30,000 gallons per minute, said John Snyder, fire specialist with US Fire Pump.   “That was accomplished with only seven pieces of equipment, not counting the guns themselves,” Snyder said.   USFP equipment utilized included two mobile pump units, three hydraulic submersible units, an Emergency Response Aquatic Deployment System, a Remote-Control Track Monitor, a Deluge apparatus and multiple monitor units.   “We wanted to bring a combination of everything to show a variety of flow from different devices,” Snyder said.   Nearly 20,000 gallons per minute of...
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