Fighting Fire at an Oil Refinery

Issue 5 and Volume 90.

Fighting Fire at an Oil Refinery IN the early days of the oil industry, fires were a matter of common occurrence, and frequently of disastrous effect—at petroleum refining plants. Today, however, due to the “safety first methods” and the development of practices of fire prevention and extinguishing, fire has been reduced to a rarity, and when it does break out, can be checked usually before material damage has been done. Methods of fire prevention and fighting at a typical oil refinery might be considered as an example. The Gulf Oil Corporation maintains at Port Arthur, Tex., what is acknowledged to be the largest oil refinery in the world, with a capacity of 125,000 barrels a day. Some 4,500 persons work in this plant. Every factor that might contribute to the safety of employees is emphasized. Workmen and visitors entering the extensive system of docks and loading lines must sign pledges…

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