Transneft Volga Region, JSC conducted firefighting and tactical drills on simulated fire extinguishing in a tank with amount of 20 thousand tons (VST-20000). The drills were conducted on October 28, 2015 at oil blending station of Samara regional oil pipeline department. More than 70 staff members and 10 members of the volunteer fire brigade participated in the event, 16 units of main and specialized equipment were involved.
The drills were conducted in several stages. According to the script, a fire occurred in VST-20000 tank, which was complicated by breakdown of the automatic fire fighting system.
At the first stage, after the dispatcher’s notification on the fire, subdivisions of the eighth detachment of the Federal Fire-Fighting Service, employees of the territorial garrison of State Fire-Fighting Service of Samara and members of the volunteer fire brigade arrived to the “incident” location. Fire fighting emergency operations center was made, mobile equipment was drawn together. The next stage was an attempt of subsurface foam attack, which according to the legend did not come to any result. At the final stage fire source extinguishing was made by mobile equipment. The fire-fighting units proceeded with cooling of the tank on fire, as well as the next tank, with fire-fighting monitors, and started foam attack from above with fire-fighting foam towers.
As a result of accurate performance of works the simulated fire was successfully eliminated. All the participants of the drills showed teamwork and effective fire-fighting equipment management.
In the process of the firefighting and tactical drills cooperation of fire-fighting service subdivisions with the personnel of Transneft Volga Region, JSC as regards prevention of large fires and elimination of possible emergencies was practiced.