Industrial Fire World - Online Issues

Industrial Fire World Magazine - Online Edition



Fall 2019 COVER STORY When the Devil Takes His Share

Woodland County (KY) Fire Protection District volunteers contained a fire in an eight-story warehouse used to age whiskey.

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Summer 2019 COVER STORY: High Performance

Kinder Morgan conducts corporate school at Corpus RTFC

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Spring 2019 COVER STORY Back in the Saddle Again

In March, flames billowed from the ITC terminal in Deer Park, TX with 15 storage tanks either damaged or destroyed.

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Winter 2019 COVER STORY: Taking The Plunge

A new fluorinated firefighting foam is shown during the US Fire Pump Big Water Symposium. Known as a plunge test, finished foam is applied to a full surface fire in a 42- inch diameter pan at an application rate of 0.06 gallons per square foot.

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Fall 2018 COVER STORY: Managing Stress

Phillips 66 fire crews attack the live-fire tank and dike training project at TEEX during a corporate school in May. The effect of heat and stress on the ERT is closely monitored by medical personnel authorized to bench any responder showing signs indicating potential cardiac issues.

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Summer 2018 COVER STORY: Collateral Damage

Billowing smoke obscures the raging flames spreading through the Husky refinery on April 25th in Superior, WI, after leaking asphalt released by a catcracker explosion ignited. Photographs taken from aerial drones helped responding firefighters locate and attack the spreading fire.

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Spring 2018 COVER STORY: New Orleans Rebirth

Cornerstone Chemical is one of many mid-size plants and refineries in Louisiana to make use of live-fire projects at Delgado Community College Maritime and Industrial Training Center in New Orleans to train emergency responders in industrial firefighting and hazmat proficiency.

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Winter 2018 COVER STORY: Symposium Tackles Big Pump Issues

An array of pumps, monitors and largediameter hose gathered around the testing pond at the Carrol L. Herring Fire & Emergency Training Institute in Baton Rouge, LA strive for a 30,000 gpm flow during the U.S. Fire Pump Big Water Symposium.

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Fall 2017 COVER STORY: Terrible Grandeur

An MH-53E Sea Dragon flies over flooded Houston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey brought record flooding and destruction to the region.

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Summer 2017 COVER STORY: Xtreme

Firefighters attending the Williams Fire & Hazard Control Xtreme Industrial Fire and Hazard Training in June tackle the live-fire bulk storage prop at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas.

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Spring 2017 COVER STORY: Hard Shell

Shell emergency responder T. Byers take a leadership role during a livefire training scenario using the Process Unit prop at Texas A&M’s Brayton Fire Training Field in February.

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Winter 2017 COVER STORY: Burn Baby Burn

Firefighters attending the PBF Energy corporate fire school in November at Brayton Fire Training Field in Texas attack a livefire training exercise at a simulated loading terminal.

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Fall 2016 COVER STORY: When Not To Pull The Trigger

A boilover fire in July 2016 involving two storage tanks at a terminal in Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua, forced a tough decision on whether it was better to put the fire out or let it die of its own accord.

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Summer 2016 COVER STORY: Asian Tiger

Firefighters extinguished a storage tank fire on Jurong Island, Singapore, in a five-hour operation in April 2016. Cause of the fire is being blamed on a lightning strike.

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Spring 2016 COVER STORY: Flame of New Orleans

Firefighters attending Delgado Community College Maritime and Industrial Training Center in New Orleans East tackle the school’s livefire loading terminal project during classes in February 2016.

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Winter 2016 COVER STORY: Empty Tank or Loaded Gun?

A screen capture taken from GoPro helmet video by Limestone Fire District Capt. Don Boyle showing the moment a bullet tank containing used oil exploded at an asphalt plant near Tulsa, OK, in October 2015.

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Fall 2015 COVER STORY: Prop Masters

The newest fire training prop at the Texas AandM Engineering Extension Service is the railroad tranportation emergency project, which was test burned during the annual industrial school in July.

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Summer 2015 COVER STORY: Compromising Position

Heat generated by chemical decomposition consumed more than 22 tons of bleaching agent sealed inside a shipping container at Port Metro Vancouver in Canada. Adjacent containers blocked access through either end of the smoking container. The emergency forced an evacuation of the port facility.

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Spring 2015 COVER STORY: The Torch

A view of the oceanfront in Dubai, UAE, after a February 21 fire damaged the exterior of the 86-story Marina Torch residential tower, home to more than 1,700 people. Despite flames spreading up 40 stories on two corners of the building, firefighters extinguished the fire within two hours.

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Winter 2015 COVER STORY: Ebola

Health care workers put on personal protective equipment before going into the hot zone at Island Clinic in Monrova, Liberia. In the background, fiberous Ebola virus particles at 25,000X magnification.

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Fall 2014 COVER STORY: Props*

The Chemical Complex prop at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service fire school in College Station, TX, trains firefighters in the techniques and coordination necessary when using more than one type of extinguishing agent on multilevel chemical structure fires.

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Summer 2014 COVER STORY: Deadly Opposites

Investigators probe through debris after an April 2013 explosion in West,TX that killed 15 and damaged nearly 500 structures.

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Spring 2014 COVER STORY: Black Cadillac

In October 2013, Cadillac, Michigan, Firefighters battle a blaze that consumed a long Yacant 200,000 squarefoot factory building.

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Winter 2014 COVER STORY: Braking Bad

Firefighters apply cooling water to the remaining intact crude oil tank cars after a devastating derailment and fire in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, in July 2013.

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Fall 2013 COVER STORY: Pressure Cooker

The Texas Engineering Extension Service at Texas A&M drew more than 700 people to its annual industrial fire school held July 2013 in College Station, Texas.

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The Texas 30: COVER STORY Engineering Extension Service at Texas A&M is one of many fire service organizations making use of custom built ATVs specially adapted by Alternative Support Apparatus.

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Spring 2013 COVER STORY: "Verb" Means Action

Pine Bend refinery brigade firefighters test their specialized emergency skills against a full-size, livefire training prop, one of several available at the Minnesota facility’s on-site fire training ground.

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Winter 2013 COVER STORY: West Point of The Fire Service

A restored fire truck graces station number 2 in Stillwater, OK, where OSU fire fighting students once swapped work as volunteers for a bed in the dormatory. Read about the program’s evolution over 75 years.

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Fall 2012 COVER STORY: Cloud Afire

On Aug. 6, flammable vapor escaping from a Richmond, CA, refinery ignited a massive blaze that extensively damaged the facility and destroyed a fire truck responding to the scene.

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Summer 2012 COVER STORY: Trigger Time

Chevron firefighters take to the Texas Engineering Extension Service fire training field at Texas A&M to gain valuable live-fire experience.

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Spring 2012 COVER STORY: Taking Charge

Collins, MS, firefighters have set up a special operations team to deal with the increasing risk of industrial fires in what is otherwise a mostly rural region of the state.

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Winter 2012 COVER STORY: Swept Away...

Area firefighters lost a tower ladder truck battling an October 2011 fire that swept through a chemical plant in Waxahachie, TX, south of Dallas.

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Fall 2011 COVER STORY: A Time For Everything

Dwight Williams of Williams Fire & Hazard Control has left his leadership role with the contract fire fighting and fire protection company he founded more than 30 years ago.

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Summer 2011 COVER STORY: Vacant But Deadly

Vacant and unattended mills pose a special risk across the northeast U.S. The 122-year-old Alice Mills complex in Rhode Island burned to the ground within hours in June 2011.

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Spring 2011 COVER STORY: Top Hat

Williams Fire & Hazard Control Ambassador 1X6s provide vapor mitigation during Gulf oil spill burnoff operations following the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire.

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Winter 2011 COVER STORY: Magpetco

Multiple boilovers spread flames through a tank farm in Port Neches, TX. Thirty-seven years later Dwight Williams of Williams Fire & Hazard Control maintains it is among the worst fires he ever fought.

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Fall 2010 COVER STORY: Be Prepared

A Williams Fire and Hazard Control trailer mounted 6,000 gpm pump is brought to bear against a burning gasoline storage tank in a 76-tank battery in Greensboro, NC, last June.

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Summer 2010 COVER STORY: A Bullet In The Gun Barrel

Fire triggered by a lightning strike spreads through a storage tank battery at an oil production site near Plainville, KS, last April.

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April-May-June 2010 COVER STORY: Purge Problems

A federal recommendation to change existing codes governing the venting of high pressure natural gas near work sites comes only three days before a natural gas explosion destroyed a Connecticut power plant.

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January/February 2010 COVER STORY: Danger Island

The accidental overfilling of a gasoline storage tank is the suspected cause of a vapor cloud explosion and fire in October that simultaneously ignited 17 storage tanks at a fuel terminal near San Juan Harbor in Puerto Rico.

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November/December 2009 COVER STORY: RUNAWAY

Federal investigators blame failure to recognize the runaway reaction hazard in making a specific gasoline additive as a root cause of the T2 Laboratories explosion and fire in Jacksonville, FL, in December 2007.

September/October 2009 COVER STORY: WRONG PASADENA

October 23 marks the 20 year anniversary of the Pasadena (TX) Chemical Complex explosion and fire, a massive event that ushered in a new era of stringent federal regulation of the chemical manufacturing industry.


ConocoPhillips emergency responders prefer to rotate training among a selection of fire schools rather than rely on one as a means to promote sharp thinking and a fresh approach when real problems develop at home.


Industrial emergency responders worldwide gathered in Beaumont, TX, in March to exchange opinions, ideas and information during the 24th annual Industrial Fire World Emergency Responder Conference & Exposition.


The Department of Homeland Security proposes to regulate security at gasoline storage facilities under standards designed to protect chemical plants from terrorism. Key trade associations oppose the move.

January/February 2009 COVER STORY: TOO CLOSE TO JUDGE?

How much authority does a safety officer wield in the incident command system during an industrial emergency? Some safety officers believe their authority is absolute. Many incident commanders disagree.




An unreported hazmat incident at a packaging plant involving nitroaniline sent eight workers to four St. Louis hospitals, shutting down the major emergency rooms at two of those facilities for nearly a full day.

September/October 2008 COVER STORY: FRIENDLY FIRE

Firefighters attended the annual Industrial Fire School at Texas A&M University in College Station to test themselves against the newest fire ‘prop,’ a replicia of an industrial process unit that boasts 18 duel fuel-leak points.


Some final words of wisdom from Chief Jerry Craft of Williams Fire & Hazard Control who died in May from a sudden illness. His diverse resume includes battling one of the worst refinery fires on record in the United States.


On February 7, 2008, a massive explosion and fire at a sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, GA, caused 13 deaths and left others critically injured with burns. The blast was likely fueled by combustible sugar dust.



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