Once an oil and gas site is fully operational, fire suppression operations are delegated to fire and safety crews on-site and on standby in case of an incident.
However, when the oil and gas site is still under construction, the site still requires safety and fire fighting personnel on standby.
Although fire halls can be called in case of an incident, unless prior arrangements have been made to orientate and train responding fire/rescue personnel, fire halls are not trained, and not allowed to work in industrial environments, which requires specialised training due to additional hazards and potential for explosions, H2S, high pressure and a variety of additional equipment and safe working standards not found with regular sites like residences or office buildings.
In addition, having existing site workers utilized fire extinguishers to fight fires can cause additional safety incidents, due to their lack of training, such as smoke inhalation, burns from radiant heat or contact with heated structures.
Oil and gas construction sites require specialized specialized, industrial firefighting solutions.
One cost-effective solution is a mobile unit that provides 20-30 minutes of fire fighting before back up fire crew or water hauler resupply can arrive.
This mobile fire fighting solution is a combination of newer fire suppression technologies and existing equipment including compressed air foam systems (CAFS) fire trailers and UTV mounted suppression systems.
Two-person teams are required to operate each one of the foam trailers and CAFS response vehicles. This economical solution takes away non-required elements found in large expensive fire units providing a high volume low footprint way to address small to medium fire incidents at oil and gas construction sites.
Having a specialized team with equipment that’s custom-assembled for oil and gas construction sites is a much more effective way of handling incidents because rescue personnel trained to NFPA standards operate at a much higher standard compared to the average worker.
In addition to having safety and fire personnel, construction sites should also hold regular emergency drills to practice safety protocols and to stay in compliance with OH and S regulations.