Fire fighting legend plans September symposium
A one-day symposium featuring well known industrial firefighter Dwight Williams addressing important techniques and strategies for dealing with large volume flammable liquid fires will be held Sept. 24, 2019 in Beaumont, TX.
“Tank Fires, Lesson Learned and Some Forgotten …” will combine classroom lectures conducted at the MCM Eleganté Hotel with fire field exercises held at the Industrial Rescue Fire Training Field.
“We have a whole generation of responders who have never seen a major fire,” Williams said. “This is an opportunity to talk about major fires, what to expect and how to prepare.
”Williams, the founder of Williams Fire & Hazard Control, came out of retirement in March to take a major role in the joint effort to extinguish the stubborn 64-hour blaze at Intercontinental Terminals Co. in Deer Park, TX. Flames spread through petrochemical products in and around 15 storage tanks, unleashing a plume of black smoke tracked by radar stretching as far west as Austin.
That experience and others convinced Williams that many of the hard lessons learned by his generation of firefighters have not been passed on to responders today, he said.
“I think we have forgotten a lot that we need to be talking about,” Williams said. “This symposium will be the truth about how to handle major fire, what has been forgotten and what needs to be back in the forefront of peoples’ minds.”