Leadership

Sound Strategy and Tactics Avert Potential Hazardous Material Disaster

Issue 7 and Volume 138.

Sound Strategy and Tactics Avert Potential Hazardous Material Disaster HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FEATURES Having the highest burning velocity of any gas, possessing a flammability range of 4.1% to 74.8%, and burning with a nonluminous flame that is often invisible in daylight, hydrogen has the potential to create a severe combustion explosion and related hazard when large volumes are released from containment at high pressures. The Danbury, CT, Fire Department was faced with just such a situation last year when a tube trailer containing 100,000 cubic feet of compressed hydrogen gas leaked at the Cryo-Dyne Corporation. A call was received at the fire department communications center at 7:24 P.M. on August 31, 1984, reporting “a loud hissing noise in the area of Payne Road.” Two engines were dispatched to investigate. While the units were en route to the scene, a second call was received stating that a sound like “the roar of…

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