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LEARNED LESSONS: Propane Tanker Rollover Anhydrous Ammonia Release HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

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LEARNED LESSONS:. Propane Tanker Rollover Anhydrous Ammonia Release. HAZMAT. DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48. DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48. BIOGRAPHY. Hired as a regulator for HazMat programs HMBP, USTs, Haz Waste, Storm water, etc. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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LEARNED LESSONS:Propane Tanker RolloverAnhydrous Ammonia Release

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BIOGRAPHY•Hired as a regulator for HazMat programs

▫ HMBP, USTs, Haz Waste, Storm water, etc.

•Hazardous Materials Responder 23+ years

•State Certified Hazardous Materials Instructor▫18 Years for CSTI▫ FRA, FRO, Tech/Spec▫ Identification of Unknown Chemicals

•B.S. Geology – Chico State

• Incident Response Team Leader

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AWARD-WINNING HAZ MAT TEAMUrban Shield – Haz Mat Division

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2011 – 3rd Place (with Richmond FD) 2012 – 1st Place

2013 – 2nd and 3rd Places

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INCIDENTS

•Propane Tanker Rollover

•Anhydrous Ammonia Release

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER

•October 7, 2013, 3:24 am – 5:45 pm▫Allied Propane tanker overturned▫Carlson Blvd. at I-80 E on-ramp, El Cerrito

•Unified Command▫El Cerrito FD (IC)▫Richmond FD (Operations)▫Contra Costa Haz Mat (Haz Mat Group/ Entry)

HAZMAT

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER

•Unified Command (cont’d)▫Other agencies: CHP, Cal Trans, Chevron

FD, American Red Cross, Cities of El Cerrito/Richmond

•Hazards of propane▫Evacuation of immediate area east and west

of I-80 Nearby motel Gas station

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER

•Multiple Entries &Tactical Groups▫Reconnaissance▫Continuous LEL/air monitoring of exclusion

zone by Area RAE and Hand Held Monitors (CGI)

▫Patching▫Up righting

Master fog - El Cerrito and Richmond FDs Allied Propane Tow companies HAZMAT

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Recon/Area RAE set-up, Block Storm

Drain

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Patching – 9:05 am

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Patch applied/leak slowed – 10:00 am

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Decoupled tanker/offloading commenced –

12:30 pm

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Safety briefing prior to up righting – 1:45

pm

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Up righting - 2:14 pm

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Up righting

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Tanker up righted – 4:00 pm

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•The day after . . .

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PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER•Lessons Learned:

▫SAFETY Flammability / Explosion hazard of propane

▫Importance of ICS/Unified Command▫Specialized training for tow companies for haz

mat transportation incidents CHP working on new guidelines In the interim, include tow operator safety in Site

Safety Plan▫Continuous LEL/air monitoring▫Maintenance of zones (exclusion, CRZ, support)▫I-80 closure?

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•October 25, 2013, 2:43 – 8:00 am

▫PG&E Gateway Station, Antioch•Unified Command

▫Contra Costa Fire Eng. 81 (IC)▫Contra Costa Haz Mat (Haz Mat Group)▫PG&E (Responsible Party Incident

Comander)

HAZMAT

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•Situation

▫Small leak at two valves on piping system to anhydrous ammonia chiller

▫System shutdown on 10/24/13 for winter▫Readings of ammonia monitors at 7-40 ppm

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•Diagram of facility

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•Outside of exclusion zone

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•Chiller system

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•Fixed Ammonia monitor

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•Haz Mat makes entry – 5:40 am

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•Entry

▫Objectives Safety – slips, trips, falls; tie off ladder Tighten bolts on flanges

•Multiple entries – tighten two valves▫1st entry – 5:40 am; 1 of 2 valves tightened▫2nd entry – 6:40 am – 2 of 2 valves tightened

•Leak stopped – 7:00 am▫Ammonia readings subsided

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•After leak stopped; one of the valves

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•After leak stopped; one of the valves

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE•Lessons Learned

▫SAFETY ▫Continuous air monitoring – movement of

Incident Command Post due to wind shift▫Importance of pre-emergency planning

with local responders

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DECEMBER 10, 2013 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Contra Costa Haz Mat, Richmond Fire, and El Cerrito Fire were commended by the County Supervisors for their efforts during the propane tanker rollover and ammonia release incidents.

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First Responder Awareness

•Safety•Isolate/ Deny entry•Notify

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Upwind

Upstream

UpgradeSafe Approach 3 UP’s

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On-scene Safety Guidelines

•Do not rush to assist•Treat unknowns as hazardous until

determined otherwise•Safe distance; binoculars, rule of

thumb•Never eat, drink or smoke in the area•Do not inhale, touch or ingest•Eliminate all ignition sources – flares•Reassess continually

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QUESTIONS?

(thank you.)

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