Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


International interest for high hazard course

A specialised ECFRS training course preparing fire officers for hazardous petrochemical incidents has received international interest – with bookings as far afield as the Middle East.

As a front runner in the UK for flammable liquid firefighting, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s high hazard management course has had both national and global demand.

Partnered by firefighting equipment experts, Williams Fire and Hazard Control, the course is aimed at organisations such as fire and rescue services, airport fire services and industrial fire organisations.

The course consists of petrochemical firefighting techniques, fire behaviour, chemical agents, incident recognition, theoretical information, command and control and live demonstrations.

The training is delivered by Divisional Officer Mark Samuels, who is the Service’s Lead Petrochemical Officer, and Ewen Duncan, WFHC’s Operations and Technical Fire Manager for Europe.

Between them they have 55 years of local authority and industrial firefighting experience.

DO Samuels, who responded to both the Buncefield Oil Depot (2005) and Petroplus Coryton (2007) explosions, said: “We are the UK’s leading fire service for flammable liquid firefighting and we have prepared this course to help other professional fire officers train for hazardous petrochemical incidents.

“Each operational officer with storage tanks containing dangerous and flammable substances within their boundaries must possess the skills and training needed to manage fires effectively, safely and competently.

“It’s crucial they have the correct level of knowledge to ensure petrochemical incidents are controlled and safely managed.

“Our partnership with Williams Fire and Hazard Control and our combined experiences will provide professional and specialised petrochemical training for all fire services and related organisations.”

This partnership is being managed by the Service’s trading arm EFA Trading, a wholly owned and controlled local authority company, with all profits made helping to fund community and fire safety activities.

The course takes place from November 7 to 11 at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters at Kelvedon Park.

Participants completing the course, can choose to further expand their petrochemical firefighting training at  an additional course provided by WFHC in France.

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