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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.