Leadership

RESPONDING TO FIRES AT PETROCHEMICAL FACILITIES

Issue 11 and Volume 156.

BY RICK HAASE It’s 2 a.m., and thunderstorms are rolling through your response district. A large clap of thunder wakes you from a sound sleep. As you try to fall back to sleep, you are awakened by the alert tones and the communicator’s voice dispatching you to a report of fire at a local chemical processing facility. You quickly head to the apparatus bay and board the engine. As you leave the station, the communicator informs you that the dispatch center is receiving numerous calls for a large fire in the area of the processing facility. As you round the corner, you see a large fireball exiting the processing plant. You instantly realize that your 1,500-gpm pumper with 750 gallons of water and 15 gallons of foam is not going to provide the extinguishing power you need to quench this fire. Now at 2 a.m., you suddenly realize you do…

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