On 19/12/16 @ 11:24hrs crews from Narrabri 399 were called to a Silo Incident on Old Gunnedah Road. Flashover spoke with 399 Station about what they were up against.
What were conditions like on arrival?
399 Station: On arrival, we had staff attempting to extinguish the fire with c02 extinguishers and smoke issuing from the 8th Level. We implemented the SOG for a solo fire and established an 800m exclusion zone. We then had to set up a water relay between our appliance and the composite appliance using a nearby private booster system from Narrabri Civeo (a neighboring miner accommodation facility) as the sites own firefighting system was inoperable and was well inside the 800m exclusion zone.
How did you attack and extinguish the fire?
399 Station: We used several lengths of 38mm hose to extinguish the fire along with a Thermal Imaging Camera for identifying the multiple hotspots throughout the ducts and shoots. We had several crews in BA for fire attack, support and a Rapid Intervention Team on standby. The fire started on level 2 and progressed through all stories including dropping down to ground level through the different conveyors inside the building. We requested additional resources from Boggabri Fire Station as well as a specialist Hazmat appliance along with a CAFS Tanker from Tamworth, which proved invaluable to the firefighting operations. A specialised HAZMAT team was also flown from Sydney to assist. We pumped the compressed air foam to the very top of the building which allowed us to fill the effected silo and hoppers with foam to extinguish the fire.
What was the most challenging part of the operation?
NO WATER! We had to relay pump water over 500 meters to the site using 2 trucks.
Units in attendance were:
CAFS Tanker 508
FRNSW HART team (Flew from Sydney)
Hazmat 452 (for additional BA cylinders)
NSW Ambulance + Ambulance Duty Officer
Narrabri Shire Council
Thanks for taking the time to explain the job and stay safe!