Plan in place to burn off remaining chemical from Akron plant fire

The Akron (OH) Fire Department and Emerald Performance Materials have announced the plan to get rid of the remaining chemical that burned in a huge fire at the plant on July 18.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.   .
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Husky: $27M in damage, $53M in expenses, 2020 restart

Superior, WI - Following an explosion and fire in April, Husky Energy says its Superior refinery is not expected to resume normal operations until 2020.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.   .
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Ford 2Q earnings down nearly half due to supplier fire, China

Detroit, MI - Dinged by slumping China sales and a fire at a U.S. parts factory, Ford Motor Co.'s second-quarter net profit fell 48 percent from a year ago.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.   .
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Chevron fire protection engineers experience the enemy up close

  Vanessa Aguayo and Antoya Ellis ordinarily address the hottest of the hot button issues that besiege industrial fire protection using cold equations and sophisticated computer models. Chevron’s corporate fire school in May marked their first time wearing bunker gear and breathing apparatus. “I want to understand what firefighters actually go through, what they feel,” Aguayo said. “In that way we can design better fire protection systems for them.” Aguayo and Ellis, 11 and six-year Chevron employees, respectively, are Fire Protection Engineers working in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company in Houston.  They design fire protection systems including completing and verifying hydraulic calculations and transient analysis, fire and gas detector placement and conduct 3D mapping analysis. Their work protects the company’s refineries and upstream assets worldwide.   One project that Aguayo and Ellis have under their belt is developing specifications to implement full-surface and rim seal fire suppression for large-diameter flammable liquid storage...
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New management reopens fire training field in Beaumont, TX

Despite being given up for dead by its previous lessee, the Beaumont (TX) Fire/Rescue Training Center is on track to reopen in late July, nearly a year since heavy flooding during Hurricane Harvey forced its closure. The Beaumont City Council voted unanimously in April to grant a 20-year lease on the 45-acre city-owned facility to Industrial Rescue Instruction Systems, Inc., a Beaumont-based company specializing in training for industrial emergency responders. IRIS owner David Owens said the reopened school will now operate under the name Industrial Rescue Fire Training Field. “This is an opportunity we’ve been looking for,” Owens said. “The city offered the school to us in 2002 but we weren’t big enough at the time.” Owens, who plans to invest $1.5 million in reopening the school, said the project was largely a matter of “sentimental value” to him. He became familiar with the complex as a student and instructor before...
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Shrapnel from explosion sets stage for huge Husky refinery fire in April

Rather than race to the scene, Superior, WI Fire Chief Steve Panger went straight to fire department headquarters when an April 26 refinery explosion rocked the community. Planning for an emergency response on the scale required that day had long been in place, he said.  “I knew we’d have callback crews of off-duty personnel reporting immediately,” Panger said. “My immediate job was to manage those crews and cover the fire stations emptied by the initial response to the blast.”  As the incident progressed and the stations were backfilled, Panger would move to the command post already set up by Husky Energy personnel. The explosion in a fluid catalytic cracking unit triggered an ongoing fire at the 38,000 bpd refinery that burned for the next eight hours, forcing an evacuation of Superior, population 27,000. Those residents were not allowed to return until the following morning. At the time of the blast, the...
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Chevron fire captain struggles with cancer diagnosis

Hearing the words, “You have cancer,” once in your life is terrible enough. Robert Taylor, captain with the Chevron El Segundo ERT, has heard it twice in the last eight years. At the Chevron corporate fire school in April and May Robert’s wife Jill gave his colleagues a complete update on his progress via Skype. Robert normally serves as chief of operations for the three Chevron schools held annually at Brayton Fire Training Field. Unfortunately Robert was too sick to participate. But by email he made it clear he intends to return to his fire school duties. “If a miracle happens, I do plan to return to the corporate fire school in 2019, yet I know Tonnie (Hopson) and the guys are doing a great job of running things in my absence,” Robert writes. Robert, featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Industrial Fire World, also plays a prominent role in...
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2018 Red Adair Award for industrial firefighting to be presented at FRI

The 2018 Red Adair Award for leadership in industrial firefighting will be presented by Industrial Fire World magazine April 10 during the Fire-Rescue International conference in Dallas.   “The greatest aspect of this award is its tie to Red,” IFW publisher David   White said. “I presented the first Red Adair Award to Red himself in 1991.”   Adair, who died in August 2004 at age 89, was a highly respected leader in the specialized field of oil well fire fighting. His lengthy career was capped in 1991 when he took a lead role in extinguishing the many oil well fires in Kuwait set by the retreating Iraqi army after the Gulf War.   White, a former instructor at the Texas A&M Fire School, is the owner of Fire & Safety Specialists, a training and consulting firm that has done work in China, India, Libya, South Africa and other foreign countries....
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Nylon 6/6 shortage looking worse: Ascend declares force majeure following plant fire

Nylon 6/6 customers need to pull in their belts another notch as markets for the engineering plastic just got tighter.     To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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Russell Leavitt honored with a Special Achievement Award

  PHOENIX (July 10, 2018)— Russell B. Leavitt, Executive Chairman of Telgian Holdings, Inc., a worldwide provider of comprehensive fire, security, life safety consulting and engineering/design services, was recently recognized with a Special Achievement Award by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).   The award, which was presented during the Technical Committee Session, celebrates the significant contribution of a committee member to a single project that has enhanced the NFPA Standards Development Process. “The NFPA Standards Development process is a consensus process that encourages participation of all facets of industry, trades, government, enforcers, and anyone interested in improving safety and reducing fire loss,” says Kerry Bell, Standards Council Chair. “Through this process, countless volunteers share their expertise and time to ensure that NFPA standards are developed and updated/revised to address safety concerns and technologies.”   Leavitt’s active role as Chair of the NFPA 13 Restructuring Task Group for the 2019 Edition...
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Local firefighters get hands-on hazmat training on CSX’s Safety Train

  Columbus, OH - Central Ohio firefighters and first responders learned Wednesday how to handle railroad emergencies involving hazardous materials using CSX’s Safety Train, a rolling classroom.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.
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Turnarounds at CO2 plants in Europe affects frozen foods, carbonated drinks

  Coca-Cola says it has "temporarily paused" some production because of the shortage of CO2 gas.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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Utility seeks rate hike following April refinery fire in Wisconsin

  Superior, WI - Superior Water, Light & Power's loss of net income due to the explosion at the Husky Energy refinery in April is being factored into a rate request the utility filed last week with the Public Service Commission.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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UK company prosecuted after worker killed

RRS London Waste Papers Ltd have been sentenced after health and safety breaches resulted in the death of one of their workers.   Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how a RRS London Waste Papers Ltd worker was found dead inside the compaction chamber of a baling machine. The worker had suffered fatal crush injuries.   An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 27 March 2017, found the worker had fallen down the loading hopper into the compaction chamber of a baling machine. He was most likely attempting to clear a blockage and falling into the chamber initiated the compaction sequence.   The investigation found that this could have been prevented had RRS London Waste Papers Ltd devised and instructed workers on a safe method for clearing machine blockages. Climbing up the baler to clear machine blockages exposed workers to the risk of falling a...
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Honeywell's New Connected, Wearable Detector Enhances Safety For Workers In Dangerous Confined Spaces

Honeywell has launched a new connected portable gas detector designed to keep workers safe in dangerous confined spaces while featuring a simple and easy to use design.   The new Honeywell BW™ Ultra monitors up to five different gases simultaneously, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), while leveraging Bluetooth connectivity to allow safety managers to collect and track valuable data. The new detector also features Honeywell TouchConnect™ technology, which makes configuration, calibration and bump testing fast and simple.   "Confined spaces pose serious, even deadly, safety issues for industrial, oil and gas, hazmat, and utility workers," said Richard Dunn, product manager, portable gas detection for Honeywell Industrial Safety. "BW Ultra's rugged design, ease of operation and ability to detect a wide range of gases brings a new level of safety to these workers. And because it's connected, safety managers can access a wide range of useful data about alarm history, equipment safety and worker training...
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Georgia poultry plant permanently closes its doors after April fire

  Dawson, GA – After assessing the damage of an April 18 chemical fire at its poultry processing plant in Dawson, GA, which resulted in evacuation of the facility and the temporary closure of nearby schools, officials at Tyson Foods Inc. announced this past week that the plant will not be reopening. No injuries resulted from the incident, but in a memo to employees issued this past week, Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry, said the damage at the plant was substantial.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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Trucking company guilty of charges after 2012 Montana oil plant explosion

Wibaux, MT - A trucking company and its owner were convicted of more than a dozen federal charges filed after a 2012 explosion destroyed an oil processing plant in eastern Montana.   To read the entire article, CLICK HERE .
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CSB: "Significant lack of planning for flooding" cited in final report into August 2017 Arkema chemical plant fire near Houston

  Houston, TX, May 24, 2018: The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final investigation report into the August 31, 2017, fire at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. In the days leading up to the incident, an unprecedented amount of rain fell at the plant due to Hurricane Harvey, causing equipment to flood and fail. As a result, chemicals stored at the plant decomposed and burned, releasing fumes and smoke into the air.    CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said, “Our investigation found that there is a significant lack of guidance in planning for flooding or other severe weather events. Based on other government reports, we know that there is a greater likelihood of more severe weather across the country. As we prepare for this year’s hurricane season, it is critical that industry better understand the safety hazards posed by extreme weather events.”    The Arkema chemical plant...
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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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CSB chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland announces resignation

  Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland announced today that she will be stepping down and resigning from the position of Chair and Board Member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board next month. Chair Sutherland released the following statement:   “I am saddened to leave the wonderful mission and incredible work of the CSB. This mission is unique and critically important because we are the only agency conducting independent, comprehensive root cause chemical incident investigations.  As we continue to recognize the agency’s 20th anniversary of operations, we still have much work to do to achieve our vision of a nation safe from chemical disasters. And I️ am absolutely certain that this team, and future hires, will both excel in execution and outshine our prior efforts.  I’m fortunate to have been a part of the work.”   The board members will be required to vote on an interim executive, unless and...
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