LASTFIRE expands

Published:  20 May, 2016

International safety research group LASTFIRE opens its membership to emergency responders and suppliers.

LASTFIRE (Large Atmospheric Storage Tank Fires) consists of a group of international oil companies that review and develop best practice in fire and explosion hazard management of storage tanks. It has become recognised as the leading industrial authority on this subject.

LASTFIRE membership had previously only been open to companies operating storage tanks and, while specialist suppliers of equipment and services had been invited to give technical presentations at regular meetings, they could not formally contribute to the group.

However, having recognised the knowledge and experience available in specialist suppliers and responders, LASTFIRE has opened associate membership to other relevant organisations. Although associate members have no voting rights they are be able to run technical webinars for group members as well as attend the regular meetings, contribute to research work and receive project deliverables prior to general publication.

LASTFIRE project coordinator Niall Ramsden commented: ‘LASTFIRE is determined to remain non-commercial but recognises that input from specialist suppliers of services and equipment can enhance knowledge. The group is keen to expand membership and so widen the networking and research aspects of their work.’

The Rotterdam Europoort-based Unified Fire Brigade, which is the specialist industrial response wing of Rotterdam Fire Brigade, and foam manufacturer Solberg have become the first organisations of their kind to become associate members.

Among the LASTFIRE group’s previous achievements are the development of statistical databases and related best practice guidance as well as research work on boil-overs, vapour suppression and construction of internal floating roofs.

LASTFIRE tests a floating roof sample for fire resistance -  the work was carried out to support the NFPA's development of a test protocol

According to Niall Ramsden, current projects under consideration include developing best-practice guidance on bund firefighting - an issue that is increasingly important as regulators make greater demands on tank operators - and LPG incident response: ‘The objective is always to provide practical guidance allowing safe, cost-effective risk reduction.’

The latest tank storage operator to become a full member of LASTFIRE group is Reliance, the leading Indian conglomerate working in the oil, gas and petrochemical storage and refining sectors.

Any organisation interested in joining LASTFIRE should contact project coordinator Niall Ramsden: info@lastfire.org

Below: one of the smallest boil-over tests carried out by LASTFIRE

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