Chernomortransneft has carried out a test firefighting and tactical drill (TFTD) on extinguishing a simulated fire at Sheskharis transshipment complex (TC) jointly with units of the Federal Firefighting Service (FFFS) of the EMERCOM (the Emergencies Ministry) of Russia for Krasnodar Region.
Engaged in the drill were forces and means of the 8th detachment of the Federal Firefighting Service (FFFS) from the Russian State Fire Service (RSFS) for Krasnodar Territory federal state-funded institution and the 2nd FFFS detachment for Krasnodar region of the EMERCOM of Russia federal state-funded institution. Members of the volunteer fire brigade (VFB) and operating staff of the Grushovaya site at Sheskharis TC of Chernomortransneft were also involved in fire elimination of the fire.
The purpose of the drill was to verify the readiness of firefighting units, VFB members and operating staff of Sheskharis TC for fire extinguishing as well as to practice timely interaction, including communication of information, arrangement of the extinguishing schemes and arranging fire escape.
As envisioned by the drill, a process violation at the Grushovaya site caused a fire outbreak at vertical steel tank (VST) No. 23 with the capacity of 30 m3 and a petroleum product catching fire throughout the tank’s surface. As the inputs had it, the automatic firefighting and sprinkler system failed to operate. The fire extinguishing was made harder by additional data on two injured workers in the tank’s dyking.
Upon the fire outbreak signal the facility was de-energised, all processes were stopped. Fire evacuation for all employees not engaged in fire elimination was announced. Fire teams were sent to the incident scene. After having assessed the situation, the firefighters concentrated on cooling and extinguishing the burning tank, preparing and conducting a foam attack. The simulated fire was extinguished using a subsurface method using mobile firefighting equipment, with the foam supplied from above by a foam tower. The simulated fire was eliminated after the main extinguishing work was done. A rescue operation was carried out simultaneously with elimination of the simulated fire, two persons were rescued from the ‘fire’ and given first aid.
The simulated fire extinguishing brought together 36 persons and 7 pieces of equipment.
Summing up the results of the drill, Aleksandr Bykov, Deputy Head of the Fire Safety Section with the Occupational, Industrial, Fire, and Environmental Safety Department at Transneft, noted that the event’s agenda was successfully implemented in accordance with the plan. Chernomortransneft’s personnel and the fire service members showed cohesive actions and put out a simulated fire within prescribed time limits.