Fire Suppression Solutions on Oil and Gas Construction Sites
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 specialized 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, 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.
A compressed air foam system (CAFS) 30-gallon unit – This works in place of the fire pump that’s mounted to the utility task vehicle (UTV) with an effective range up to 100 feet and high expanding foam this system can deliver the range and knock down power to the firefighter on the attack line that a traditional fire truck can deliver .high expanding foam created with the CAFS system is more effective than water because the many types of fire foams can be customized to the hazards on site providing additional protection by forming a blanket over hydrocarbons, adhesion to and protection of surfaces around the fire, chemical and alcohol resistant and unlike other fire fighting methods can stay where it is sprayed protecting personnel and equipment.
Utility task vehicle (UTV) mounting – This system is adapted from the go anywhere requirements of the wildland fire fighting teams traditionally mounting pumps water from close water source like river or lake. In combination with our CAFS mentioned above, this system is far superior per pound then traditional fire fighting methods.
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.