Opportunity of a lifetime

Published:  13 June, 2016

Industrial and public safety practitioners from Hong Kong, France, Slovakia, Falkland Islands and Greece came together in April for practical fire-fighting foam training. SEE VIDEO

The week-long course at the Jovellanos Centre in Asturias, Spain followed the successful Firefighting Foam School organised by Angus Fire in 2015. 

The addition of new foam school partner CFB Risk Management meant that the foam-training programme could this year be enhanced with emergency planning and risk management content. The attendees – where were mainly personnel from the municipal and petrochem sectors – also received 30 CPD points awarded by the Institute of Fire Engineers.

According to a spokesperson from Angus Fire, the course programme maintained a good balance of practical fire-ground training and classroom work, which included a number of case studies.

The practical programme encompassed a variety of supervised fire scenarios with hydrocarbon and solvent fuels including tank firefighting, pressurised flange fire, bund fire, tank rim-seal fire and LNG fire demonstrations. These were undertaken under the command and control of CFB Risk Management.

The theoretical programme covered emergency planning and hazard identification, testing foam in the field, emergency response planning, environmental considerations and tank fire-fighting tactics.

The primary aims of the course were firmly centred on the practical aspects of dealing with challenging incidents, including understanding of firefighting foams, application methods and techniques; how to use the equipment used to tackle flammable liquid fires; how to identify hazards and ensure measures are put in place to mitigate and reduce risks to emergency responders, the facility and the public; and meeting the practical challenges of emergency planning and the extinguishment of large, full-scale flammable liquid fires.

Instructors included recognised industry experts such as Gary Cawley and Gary Douthwaite from CFB RM, Martin Hough, Nigel Joslin and David Plant from Angus Fire, with overall chair responsibilities carried out by Ron Parry.

‘By the end of the course participants had increased their knowledge and understanding of the pressures that fire-fighting professionals face in large-scale emergencies,’ said Dave Russell from Angus: ‘The course enabled them to develop a wider perspective of engineered systems, fixed foam equipment and the methods used to tackle a petrochemical, oil or gas incidents. It included the implementation of a wide raging emergency action plan to reduce the impact of the event on the business and stakeholders.

The exhausting daily programme was complemented by social events in the evenings for both delegates and instructors.

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