02
Sep
2014
Industrial Fire Fighters: Who's qualified to respond?

Industrial Fire Fighters: Who's qualified to respond?

The Industrial Firefighting environment is dangerous and extremely demanding. Typically, fires occur in oil refineries, mines, ports, chemical manufacturing plants and other high-hazard industries. Firefighters responding to industrial fires require very specific skill sets and qualifications.

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28
Aug
2014
Industrial and Municipal Fire Services. Are they working together?

Industrial and Municipal Fire Services. Are they working together?

In many circumstances, you'll see an industrial fire reported in the media. There will be footage of the incident available to view. What you don't see is how the public and private fire services are working with each other and the great efforts that have been made in advance to ensure a coordinated response.

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26
Aug
2014
Industrial Fire Fighting Equipment: 4 Common Challenges!

Industrial Fire Fighting Equipment: 4 Common Challenges!

Industrial firefighters must be prepared to respond to fires of flammable liquid and compressed gases, hazardous material releases, rescues and medical emergencies throughout oil, petro-chemical, pipeline and port facilities.

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25
Aug
2014
Response Equipment Maintenance. Do you have an Audit Trail?

Response Equipment Maintenance. Do you have an Audit Trail?

Things change. It is a fact of life that the luster of new equipment is sure to fade over time. The purpose of inspection and maintenance is to identify whether response equipment can be operated, adjusted and maintained safely with any deterioration detected and remedied before it results in a health and safety risk.

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19
Aug
2014
Oil & Gas Emergencies. Why have a Mutual Aid Agreement?

Oil & Gas Emergencies. Why have a Mutual Aid Agreement?

Oil. That three letter word invites a flood of ethical and environmental debates. Behind all these conversations, the oil industry is working in the background to ensure the safety of its facilities, workers and the planet. Mutual aid is an agreement among emergency services to lend assistance across organizations.

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15
Aug
2014
Mine Rescue Chambers: Equipment that Can't Fail!

Mine Rescue Chambers: Equipment that Can't Fail!

In an underground mine, evacuation isn't always an option. It’s not always that simple. Miners often work hundreds of feet underground, which can make exiting the area in the event of a fire or emergency a complicated process.

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12
Aug
2014
Salvage Masters: What is their role in Emergency Response?

Salvage Masters: What is their role in Emergency Response?

The job description for the role of a Salvage Master will often contain the phrase "Immune to Stress". It is a difficult position undertaken in arduous sea conditions. This is enhanced by the fact that today the protection of the environment from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often considered high priority.

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08
Aug
2014
Private Emergency Response. Who’s Qualified?

Private Emergency Response. Who’s Qualified?

There is a growing trend in businesses being the first responders to their own incidents, the aim is to ensure a quick return to a business as usual environment. Be it by establishing an internal response team or hiring in emergency response contractors.

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05
Aug
2014
What are the Emergency Responder Criteria under OPA-90?

What are the Emergency Responder Criteria under OPA-90?

An important outcome in the enactment of the Oil Spill Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA-90) was the requirement for vessels entering the US waters to have a listed Emergency Responder. OPA -90 was signed into law in August 1990, largely in response to rising public concern following the Exxon Valdez Incident.

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30
Jul
2014
Oil Spill Response Equipment Stockpiles. What are the Biggest Difficulties?

Oil Spill Response Equipment Stockpiles. What are the Biggest Difficulties?

Companies involved in oil exploration see some of the toughest operating conditions imaginable. These dangerous environments require that you have plans in place should the worst happen. Many organizations worldwide rely on strategically-place equipment stockpiles to ensure they’re ready to respond anywhere at anytime.

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