For most industrial emergency responders, live-fire training is a treat reserved for occasional visits to Brayton Fire Training Field in Texas or the state fire academies back home. But at Valero Energy’s 195,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Memphis, TN training with live fire is the norm, not the exception. Valero Memphis operates its own fire field on site, complete with live-fire training props, said Nick Fazzio, chief of the Valero Memphis emergency response team. “We’re really lucky that we can do live fire training in our refinery Fazzio said. “We like to take advantage of it.” Once relatively common, refineries with on-site training for emergency responders are becoming harder to find. Most have long since been taken over by the necessities of expanding production with only limited property available. “We bring the Memphis municipal firefighters into our facility to train,” as well as bring them with us to TEEX to give...
Seven hundred and thirteen industrial emergency response brigades members and safety officers from some of the world’s largest energy and chemical companies attended the 56th annual Industrial Fire School at Brayton Fire Training Field last July in Texas. The students represent 17 countries and 32 U.S. states. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) staffers and 267 specially recruited guest instructors conducted the training. Bill Burket of Shell has attended every summer school for the last 19 years. Now a guest instructor he teaches NFPA 1080 exterior firefighting. “We get a lot of municipal firefighters,” he said. “We try to introduce them to the different approach needed for big fires.” As children, Burket brought his two children to witness the school. Today, his oldest holds a degree in industrial safety. His youngest, Michael, 19, now pursuing the same degree, returned to Brayton this year with his father. David Bartek of Charlotte,...
One hundred and fifty participants from nine countries representing 63 different companies attended the 25th annual XTREME Fire and Hazard Training in June at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, TX. Chauncey Naylor, director of training and emergency response for Johnson Control’s Williams Fire & Hazard Control, celebrating a quarter century as one of the premier events on the industrial fire training calendar deserves recognition. “Just about everything that has gone into that 25-year history is something you’re going to witness today,” Naylor told the audience for the opening day general session. “Along with our sales and response team, sixteen guest instructors representing all aspects of industrial emergency response conducted the combination of classroom and live-fire training that makes the XTREME event unique,” said Naylor. “We had a star studded group of guest instructors from industry,” he said. “We need to acknowledge with deep graditude that industry really...
Scheduling nighttime live-burns at Brayton Fire Training Field becomes a challenge during the summer. Texas twilight lingers long past 8 p.m., making it hard to get an early start the next day, said Tonnie R. Hopson, operations chief for Chevron’s three-times-a-year corporate fire school. Instead, the Chevron firefighters hit the field at 5:30 a.m. on the last day of the four-day school. “The responders look forward to getting up and getting it knocked out,” Hopson said. “It means an early finish for them at around 2 p.m. and the rest of the day to do what they want.” An hour before dawn nearly 80 responders took up positions on three live-fire projects at the southeast end of the fire field – the chemical complex, rail car loading rack and tank and dike project. When all three are ignited, it provided the first serious light to break the darkness. Slowly, the...
College Station, TX, is now one of three annual international stops made by the Williams Fire & Hazard Control Xtreme Industrial Fire & Hazard Training event held at Brayton Fire Training Field in June. The other two upcoming stops for the event are Saint-Marcel, France, in September and Rayong, Thailand, in January, said Chauncey Naylor, director of emergency response and training at Williams Fire. “Now that we are a Johnson Control company we have the ability to bring this program to other parts of the world and we are not stopping there,” Naylor told firefighters attending the June event. “We have plant to add yet another region to the schedule.” Designed primarily for advance level firefighters, the event includes classroom study and practical exercises to cover various incident profiles and fire dynamics, foam and dry chemical applications, response logistics and field operations and large-volume equipment applications. The event at Brayton marked...
More than 150 industrial firefighters protecting Shell Oil Products and Motiva Enterprises oil and chemical production facilities gathered at the Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, TX, the week of Feb. 5 for a joint corporate fire training school. Shane Stuntz, emergency response coordinator for Motiva Enterprises in Convent, LA, said the firefighters finished the four-day course of live-fire training without a single injury. Members of the Shell-Motiva fire protection team meet at Brayton three times a year. Brayton is the largest live-fire firefighter training facility in the United States with 22 full-size live-fire projects or props simulating various industrial settings. The firefighters on hand for the February corporate school represented industrial facilities in the United States and Canada.