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Guard Duty … IES Protects Industrial Facilities During Downtime

Petrochemical Fire Suppression Standby Today’s insurance and regulatory requirements will not allow facilities to suspend fire protection capabilities due to turnaround or loss of suppression systems due to repair or installation. Temporary fire protection solutions must be in place when considering a renovation, maintenance or turnaround project. IES was recently contracted by a Marine Terminal Operator in California to provide fire protection support during dock maintenance, which would interrupt its firewater system for several months.  IES deployed portable firewater pumps and ground monitors along with dry chemical wheeled units to support the facilities throughout their outage. In another instance, IES…

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IES Marine Firefighting & Salvage Orientation, Sponsored by Coast Guard

On September 14 and 15, 2015 the first course delivery of Marine Firefighting and Salvage Orientation was presented in Boston, MA.  This course was a collaboration between Industrial Emergency Services (IES) and Ardent Americas. It was sponsored by the United Sates Coast Guard Sector Boston. Course attendees consisted of representatives of local fire departments, the United States Coast Guard, local Harbormasters, police departments, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and other first responders. This course fills the need to educate responding agencies on the resources provided by third party marine firefighting and salvage companies during maritime incidents. The Code of Federal…

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Public / Private Sector Mutual Aid Agreement Serves Major Petroleum Facility

Located outside Baton Rouge, LA a large pipeline terminal facility that stewards over 20% of the eastern U.S. fuel supply contacted IES for assistance with safety pre planning, training and response. Like other facilities, with dozens of storage tanks, underground pipelines and pump stations, Site Managers were concerned about the various emergency scenarios that could impact the facility and interrupt operations. Referred by another IES customer, the Terminal Manager contacted IES to begin assessment phase of their exposure followed developing response plans, assisting with acquisition of necessary response equipment to manage potential incidents, and to map out and manage response…

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RESPONSE SPOTLIGHT: Refinery Process Fire Response

Overview On Friday September 4th, IES was alerted about a process fire in a SEMC[1] client refining site. Upon arrival IES found four separate fires around a flange and instrumentation lines located in the process structure approximately 15 ft. above ground. Consultation with process operators onsite informed IES Responders that the product involved was hydrogen, the source lines had been isolated and those line pressures were dropping. Fortunately, operators had immediately deployed fixed monitors located around the unit as trained by IES in a recent fire response class, while a neighboring facility attempted to provide support by directing some of…

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Pipeline Emergency Pre-Planning

With numerous pipelines crossing the United States, consideration for the management of fire-related emergencies is often overlooked at unmanned remote sites. In the past, these fires were often allowed to burn themselves out once the product had been secured. This practice is costly and can potentially escalate the public sector threat and environmental impact. In addition, today’s environmental awareness and regulatory environment makes this practice unacceptable. Given the resources available for today’s safety and emergency organizations, pipeline operators should AND CAN develop an effective emergency response plan for these remote / unmanned sites that addresses regional assets, logistics, mutual aid…

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