MS Firefighters’ Approach to Industrial Fires Gains Attention

The Collins (MS) Fire Department’s approach to fighting fires in oil and gasoline storage facilities is gaining international attention, and its chief will be speaking at a conference in Asia on industrial firefighting.

A WDAM report ( highlights how the small-town fire department has taken a serious approach to preparing to respond to these fires. Collins Fire Chief John Pope III noted that the fuel that goes up the eastern seaboard and across the Gulf Coast states comes through pipelines and tankage in the city, and the department has responded to this challenge by acquiring specialized equipment.

“We have two 5,000 per minute large flow monitors. We also have two foam attack trailers. They were two of the first ones in the state that we know of,” Pope told reporters. “We also keep a compliment of foam on hand. We carry foam totes that go anywhere from 265 gallons to 330 gallons of foam each.”

The equipment was acquired through partnerships with the local tank farm and terminal facilities.

After a spread in an industry magazine on the department’s prowess, Pope was invited to speak at the “2013 International Conference on Prevention and Response to Toxic Chemical Incidents” in Taiwan.

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