Handling Chemical Fire Through ICE
What to Do in the Case of Chemical Fires?
Well prepared for chemical accidents Dow’s company fire brigade at Terneuzen is well prepared for incidents like the aforementioned. With specialized equipment and firemen trained in the handling of hazardous substances, a company fire truck arrives at the scene. Equipped with chemical proof protective gear and splash suits, two firemen approach the container, while a colleague of the local fire brigade nearby keeps watch with a foam gun to extinguish any possible fire. Then everything with the simulation goes fast: The firemen hammer a plug made of soft wood into the damaged valve head. As the wood gets wet, it expands, sealing the dripping valve tightly. Mission accomplished: Working together, the team of public and private firefighters were able to defuse the dangerous situation.
Chemical Fires and Explosion Protection
The ICE program is closely connected to the German/Austrian TUIS and the Belgian BELINTRA system. “Safety has become a cross border task,” underlines Chairman, TUIS workgroup, VCI and Head – Fire Brigade, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Rolf Haselhorst. Emergency Service & Security Leader, Dow Europe, Gunther Schiefer Goodwin agreeing with that sentiment says, “We have one currency, but we do not have one language.”
Therefore, under the ICE program, help and guidelines for the treatment of hazardous chemicals are available in 30 languages with local telephone hotlines. The ERI cards of chemical association, Cefic, provide information in 16 languages (including five major Asian languages) for onsite first measures for local authorities and emergency response crews.
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