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Firefighters take part in training exercise at Shell

More than 30 firefighters took part in an training exercise yesterday (November 19) which simulated a large fire caused by a firework hitting an oil storage tank.

Crews from Orsett, Grays, Corringham, Stansted and Maldon Fire Stations took part in Exercise Geronimo at Shell Oils Ltd, Shellhaven in Coryton.

The exercise saw crews react to a ‘rim seal fire’ in a large fuel storage tank, caused by a breach of the seal igniting fuel vapours.

Exercise Geronimo was organised by Station Manager Martin Pullen and Shell Terminal Manager Graham Hipkin.

Station Manager Martin Pullen said: “Exercise Geronimo was organised to test our petrochemical firefighting techniques and to familiarise our firefighters with the site’s risks and procedures. It also gave firefighters the opportunity to use our new ‘foam wands’ for the first time. The flexibility of the wands mean we can apply foam from the top of a storage tank to effectively deal with the fire.

“The exercise was a great success and we have some valuable learning outcomes to take forward. I would like to thank everyone involved in the exercise especially the crews and Shell Terminal Manager Graham Hipkin and his team.”

PHOTOS

Take a look at photos from Exercise Geronimo on our Facebook page here.

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