A SPECIALIST item of equipment used during major petrochemical incidents has returned to the County following an upgrade and refurbishment.
The 6-Gun – a super-sized monitor capable of firing 22,500 litres of water and foam per minute – was unveiled at a commissioning ceremony at Thames Enterprise Park in Coryton on Wednesday, March 2.
Representatives from five Essex energy firms were given a demonstration of the new monitor in action by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service during the ceremony.
Keeping firefighter numbers down in hazardous areas during an incident is critical; the upgraded monitor only requires 15 firefighters to set up and operate.
During hazardous materials incidents at COMAH (control of major accident hazards) sites, the monitor is powered by a trailer mounted pumping system with water supplied though large-diameter hoses or through ECFRS pumping appliances.
Divisional Officer Mark Samuels, the petrochemical lead for the County, said: “The petrochemical programme has certainly come of age and now includes all eight top tier petrochemical COMAH sites in Essex.
“All these sites have contributed to the overhaul of the old monitor, which will spearhead petrochemical firefighting throughout the country.”
Station Manager Martin Pullen, who led the commissioning exercise, said: “This is a significant milestone for the Service because the newly refurbished and improved monitor has just returned to Essex.
“Our petrochemical officers work hard to ensure we are using the most up to date tactics and procedures and ensure that we obtain state-of–the-art equipment in a most cost effective manner.
“We are very grateful to all our partners who have and continue to contribute to this long term safety project that protects our communities from risk and our firefighters from harm.”