Practicalities of planning for emergencies

Fire-fighters

An important aspect of emergency response planning is understanding your own limitations, together potentially with those of the responding or other external agencies. All this is part of thorough risk assessment, effective plan documentation and execution.

Imagine you have a container packed with drums of cargo, or even a tank container, that ruptured and leaking a life-threatening chemical onto the terminal apron. The fire and rescue service would normally attend and commence drenching the unit and the area around it with copious amounts of water (assuming that water can be used at all) to mitigate the leak, but the unit has to be moved to the “hospital” area of the terminal for proper containment.

How are you going to do that? This was a real-world situation - the reach stacker driver would have been exposed to the chemical leak in the absence of breathing apparatus that he was not trained to use it; the fire brigade officers attending did not know how to operate a reach stacker safely! The response: the reach stacker operator was given a crash-course in how to use breathing apparatus and successfully transported the leaking unit to the hospital area.

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