Transneft Upper Volga has conducted a large-scale firefighting and tactical drill (F&TD) at the Starolikeyevo LODS in Kstovsky District of Nizhny Novgorod Region.
The F&TD was held as part of learning practice with contractual business units of the Federal Fire Fighting Service of the State Fire Service protecting Transneft’s facilities. The practice was held at Transneft Upper Volga on 10-11 October 2019. The event was attended by Deputy Minister, Colonel General of the EMERCOM of the Russian Federation Ilya Denisov and Vice President of Transneft Pavel Revel-Muroz.
The firefighting and tactical drill was assessed by a supervisory commission that included Director General of Transneft Upper Volga Yury Levin, the administration of the Main Directorate of the EMERCOM of Russia for Nizhny Novgorod Region, heads of fire safety departments of Transneft’s business units, heads of the contractual business units of the Federal Fire Fighting Service of the State Fire Service.
As per the drill’s legend, an “explosion followed by an ignition of diesel fuel” occurred as a result of violation of fire safety rules during gas hazardous operations at a vertical steel tank with a volume of 10 thousand cubic metres. The automatic fire-extinguishing installation was not activated, the water cooling system was damaged by the “explosion”. After receiving the first signals of the simulated fire, the station’s personnel performed the necessary technological switching.
Volunteer fire brigades of the Starolikeyevo LODS and fire guard garrisons of the EMERCOM of Russia in
Nizhny Novgorod Region arrived at the site of the simulated fire. Containment and elimination of the “fire” was organised cooperatively with the station’s personnel. A foam attack was carried out using firefighting foam towers.
Participating in the drills were 120 people from the fire guard workforce of the station and EMERCOM units, with 24 firefighting vehicles used.
As a result of the drill, members of the supervisory commission issued a positive opinion concerning the effectiveness of the activities carried out. The Starolikeyevo LODS’ personnel confirmed their readiness to take practical steps to eliminate abnormal situations at Transneft Upper Volga’s facilities. All the goals and objectives were achieved: the simulated fire was contained in the shortest time possible.