A firefighting and tactical drill (F&TD) was arranged at Sokur line operation dispatcher station (LODS) affiliated with Novosibirsk Regional Oil Pipeline Directorate (RPD) (a branch of Transneft Western Siberia)..
The drill brought together senior executives of the facility, representatives and staff members of the fire safety unit contracted to protect Sokur LODS, the emergency response, repair and maintenance personnel of the station, and the personnel of fire stations (FSs) of the EMERCOM of Russia’s Federal Firefighting Service in Novosibirsk Region.
Under the drill scenario, diesel caught fire throughout its surface at a vertical steel tank with the capacity of 5,000 m3. Having received a fire alarm, the LODS dispatcher turned on the voice annunciation at the station, reported on a simulated fire pursuant to the annunciation scheme and made the necessary process switching. Members of the facility-based volunteer fire brigade, FS-2 from the contracted units ensuring the station’s fire safety and two firefighting crews promptly arrived in the scene of the simulated fire. Altogether, 24 persons were engaged in containment and elimination of the simulated fire.
The firefighting crews that arrived at the scene performed complete combat deployment, laid main and operating lines to assemblies of the fire extinction system and the system of cooling the burning and the neighbouring tank. An emergency response centre for “fire” extinction was put in place. The electrical equipment fitter on duty disconnected the power equipment, a chemical analysis laboratory assistant performed monitoring of the gas and air environment. The simulated tank fire was contained and eliminated after the preparation and launch of a foam attack. The “fire” was extinguished using 6 fire tanker trucks.
Based on the F&TD results, the mediators and members of the supervisory committee issued their positive opinion on the efficiency of the measures taken. The station’s personnel fully coped with the main task of practising the skills and ways of extinguishing a simulated fire, LODS employees and personnel of fire units from the EMERCOM of Russia and the fire safety units contracted to protect the station manifested a high degree of readiness and coordination of joint actions, said Taras Okhota, Head of the Fire Safety Section at Novosibirsk RPD.
Transneft Western Siberia facilities are classified as hazardous operating facilities. The similar firefighting and tactical drills and emergency response drills on extinguishing simulated fires make an essential component for ensuring fire and industrial safety at the Company’s facilities.