Following an explosive or flammable related incident industrial facilities can find themselves unable to apply a full fire response as they may have lost vital response assets in the incident, or find themselves incapable of maintaining vital resources due to the initial or lingering impact of the episode thereby impairing site operability.
Headquartered in the Gulf South, we have also played a key role with industry following major hurricanes to maintain incident command, offer logistical support, and in many cases to provide heavy equipment for both emergency response and business continuity operations such as sustaining colling water to the facility for process operations.
With onsite assets including large volume pumps, ThunderStorm® foam stores, miles of hose, a myriad of end of line devices, and of course experienced personnel to support multiple response operations Williams Fire & Hazard Control is prepared as your greatest ally in the event of a catastrophic emergency.
It is important to recognize the flammable characteristics inside a floating roof tank. Essentially two potential circumstances lie in wait ...
Under normal conditions, the vapor space within the tank is too rich to burn and will remain dormant with proper vapor exchange via the tank venting system.
However, it has been our experience that given the right conditions this rich vapor will lean out due to any given set of circumstances such as failure of tank venting systems, low-pressure exterior atmospheric conditions, or an abnormal breach in the tank structure.
Even in extreme situations, if ignition does occur at the vents the interior space of the tank MAY remain too rich to burn and a surface fire within the tank will be avoided.
HOWEVER, several incidents Williams Fire & Hazard Control has reponded to domestically and internationally have been due to an adequate open-air exchange leaning out the interior vapor space whereby a fire source at the vent flashes back insde the tank resulting in a devastating combustion of the residual gases.
Our experience is that an internal foam application resulting in a rich foam blanket will reduce vapor yield within the tank, and will inhibit any potential surface fire resulting from secondary ignition sources as outlined above.
MOST NOTABLE: Our Dual-Agent chamber - a COMPLIANCE+ product - follows the foam application with an abundant dry-chemical surge that overwhelms any residual vapor inside the tank, extinguishes the fire at the vents, and prohibits a potential explosve flashback event.
For Site Assessment Consultations, Incident-related Pre Planning, Emergency Equipment Logistics or Full Service Response Deployment, please contact the Williams Fire & Hazard Control Team as follows ...
Here you will find a list of land and marine based rig operations.
Incidents involving the active loading / offloading areas of Terminals or Docks.
Not limited to land based operations, Williams Fire & Hazard Control has responded to many waterborne incidents involving ships at sea, in mooring, or dockside.
Williams Fire & Hazard Control may work as. Incident Command or in unison with facility personnel to provide technical consultations and / or logistical support.
A huge undertaking, subterranean fires usually involve a great deal of earth moving operations, water - foam applications and a tactical knowledge and dexterity to protect precious environmental resources.