July 2013 Fuel Tanker Roll Over

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July 2013 Fuel Tanker Roll Over

Category : Brigade News

Where: Tyabb
When: 11 July 2013
Type: Motor Vehicle Accident, Fuel tanker roll over

Appliances sent:

  • Hastings: Pumper, Tanker and Field Command Vehicle (FCV)

At 3:10pm on the 11th of July, Hastings Fire Brigade was paged to support Tyabb Brigade to at a report of a fuel tanker roll over on the intersection of Frankston/Flinders Rd and the Westernport Hwy. On arrival, fire crews discovered that a fully laden fuel tanker had flipped on its side and was leaking fuel from several internal compartments.

With Police blocking roads and isolating the normally busy intersection of all traffic, Fire crews quickly contained any significant fuel runoff by creating “bunds” along roadways and nearby drains. Foam was then applied to suppress any flammable vapours which may have ignited. Hastings Pumper was utilised to deliver foam with the monitor as well as several hand lines with Hastings FCV and Tanker arriving shortly after to provide additional manpower to assist.

Extensive use was made of our Gas Detector to monitor any flammable vapours around the fuel tanker and into nearby drains, with additional monitoring equipment being bought in later from Dandenong. Also, the brigades’ new Thermal Imaging Camera was utilised to “see” the liquid levels of the fuel compartments during the decanting process by recovery teams.

In all, firefighters from several Brigades, including Hastings, remained on scene until 2pm the following afternoon, after the fuel tanker was righted and recovered by heavy haulage crews at 12pm.

In the long duration incident, 26 fire fighters from Hastings attended the scene comprising the Initial response crew and 3 relief teams.

The Incident was almost an exact copy of a similar incident occurring on the same intersection in October 2011. An investigation into the circumstances is continuing.

For more information and other photos have a look at any of the following links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2136eotUWdQ (7 News Footage)