Dave's Notes: A captain named obvious

Dave's Notes: A captain named obvious
Working any kind of firefighting magic at an industrial conflagration requires one basic component – water. And, yet, as incontrovertible as that fact is, it is amazing how often responders have to scrape together major moisture on short notice at facilities where the need for water is as obvious as oranges are called oranges because they are orange. No, I am not referring to the 1989 Pasadena, TX, chemical plant explosion and fire. As much as I enjoy dwelling on that high point in my firefighting career the fire water system at Pasadena would have been up to the challenge had not the initial blast sheared off every available hydrant at ground level. I mean companies who do not even bother installing the hydrants. In 2002 a fire at a petroleum blending and packaging plant in Pearland, TX threatened nearly 1.2 million gallons of motor oil, hydraulic fluids and lubricants. Yet,...
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Valero firefighters in Memphis train on their own fire field

Valero firefighters in Memphis train on their own fire field
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 them...
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TEEX holds 56th annual industrial fire training

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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, NC,...
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Williams Fire & Hazard Control legendary industrial fire event returns to Brayton Fire Field

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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 supports this...
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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 returns to fire protection with Signature series foam product

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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 a foam...
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Volunteer firefighters prepare for large plant fires in Mississippi

LOWNDES COUNTY, MS. – In many rural counties of Mississippi sits factories, plants, and warehouses that may have been built many years ago.   With the real possibility of a fire, volunteer fire fighters must be prepared for anything.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.   .
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Johnson Controls makes the future of fire and life safety smarter and faster

  The latest versions of NFPA 72 and the International Building Code (IBC) spell out new requirements for the creation of areas of refuge within buildings that meet specific size or height parameters. An area of refuge is an interior location specially designed to keep occupants safe during a fire or other emergency. They are meant to provide safe places to shelter when immediate evacuation may not be physically possible or, as with the control room of a massive plant or refinery, operationally advisable.   In addition to fire rated construction and a steady supply of fresh air, an area of refuge is also required to have a means of two-way communications that allows occupants to speak with first responders, inform them of their status and keep informed of rescue efforts.    A NEW WAY TO COMMUNICATE To meet these new requirements, Johnson Controls developed a digital, emergency two-way communications system...
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Phillips 66 tracks firefighters' cardiac health

    Medical surveillance is the analysis of health information to uncover problems in the workplace. For Timothy Raycob, director of compliance for medical surveillance at Phillips 66, much of the job means closely monitoring personnel for exposure to hazardous materials.   “We have more than 9,000 people in Phillips 66 who are enrolled in various regulatory programs,” Raycob said. “With specific hazards, they have to get exams at specific frequencies. I’m responsible for tracking compliance.”   Carcinogens such as benzene and organic lead rank highest on Raycob’s watch list. But in 2012, Stephen Pepper, Phillips 66 director of crisis management HSE compliance and services, asked him to extend monitoring to include hazards common to industrial firefighting – heat and stress.     “He asked us to develop a medical rehab and monitoring program for his crisis management schools, which include the corporate fire and rescue school,” Raycob said.   Trained...
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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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Hundreds of emergency crews to test Sequoyah nuclear plant readiness Wednesday

Soddy-Daisy, TN - Hundreds of emergency responders from federal, state and local agencies will be running evacuation routes, setting up radiation detection equipment and participating in alert and relocation activities around the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant Wednesday.   To read the entire article,   .
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Longview rescue team recognized for professionalism during Lone Star plant explosion

Longview, TX - An East Texas emergency response team with specialized training is being recognized for their professionalism during a horrible industrial accident that claimed one life.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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Maersk: New Cargo Guidelines After Containership Fire

  Maersk has implemented new guidelines on dangerous goods stowage that aim to improve safety practices across its fleet in the wake of the fire aboard container ship Maersk Honam that killed five crew members earlier this year.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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National Fire Heritage Center Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders induction ceremony set for Oct. 8th

  Emmitsburg, MD - On Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, the National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will conduct a formal ceremony for this year’s inductees into the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Class of 2018 during the NFHC’s Annual Board of Directors Meeting.    All interested are welcome to attend the event which will also include lunch.  RSVP’s are requested to allow for food and beverage service.   The Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders provides individuals recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the fire and emergency services mission. It is one of the most important initiatives undertaken each year by the National Fire Heritage Center.   The Induction Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time will be held in the second floor meeting room of the Vigilant Hose Company Activities Building (formerly Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company facility) at 17701 Creamery Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727.  Those arriving early...
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El Segundo Chevron ERT captain Robert Taylor dies from pancreatic cancer

  Robert Taylor, captain with the Chevron El Segundo (CA) ERT, died Sept. 1 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA. Taylor's wife, Jill Brunkhardt-Taylor, posted the following on the internet. "It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of the love of my life Robert William Taylor Sr. He passed away peacefully with me holding his hand and my other hand on his heart, and his beautiful daughter Alex also by his side. We are devastated and heartbroken, but know that he is at peace, no longer in pain and surrounded by conditional love." In 2010, Robert was diagnosed with colon cancer. After a year-long battle for his life, Robert remained in remission for five years and was declared officially cancer free in 2015. But in...
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W.Va. officials present final report on IEI fire

Parkersburg, WV - State officials offered a “final” report on last year’s fire at the Intercontinental Export-Import Plastics warehouse on Camden Avenue Thursday, but a big question remains unanswered after 10 months.     To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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Refinery explosion roils regional asphalt supply

  Dave Clement used to expect a daily delivery of two truckloads of asphalt binder from Superior's Husky Energy refinery to his worksite's mobile asphalt plants, where it would be mixed with gravel and placed on the road.   To read entire article, CLICK HERE.
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U.S. Chemical Safety Board teetering on brink of elimination

  On a warm morning in April, workers at a Wisconsin oil refinery were conducting a routine shutdown for maintenance. Suddenly, a gasoline cracking unit exploded, and the workers watched in horror as a huge fireball ripped through the plant. They ran for their lives, barely escaping the blast.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .  
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CSB releases update on probe into blowout and fire at Pryor Trust gas well in Pittsburg County, OK

    Oklahoma City, OK, August 16, 2018 - Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a factual update into its ongoing investigation of the January 22, 2018, blowout and fire at the Pryor Trust Gas Well located in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, that killed five workers.     The CSB has determined the incident occurred shortly after drilling crew members removed the drill pipe from the well in a process known as “tripping.” To date, the CSB’s investigation has determined the following timeline related to the blowout and fire:   •    January 21, 2018: Crew members from the Patterson-UTI Drilling Company had been drilling a gas well for over a week. Activities were being overseen by the operator of the well, Red Mountain Operating, LLC (or RMO) in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. •    At 3:36 pm, the Patterson crew stopped drilling to remove the drill pipe from the well and change...
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German responder celebrates 26 years on Merck fire brigade in Darmstadt

  Bianca Just, 42, never knows what to expect on a working day, yet she is always ready to tackle the job. Her 24-hour on-call shift at the Merck plant fire brigade in Darmstadt usually starts at 7 o'clock in the morning. Light brown hair and an infectious laugh conceals her true age. "The shift work keeps you young," she jokes.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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