Industrial Fire meets Municipal Fire
HMN- Suncor power failure leads to yellow plume discharge near Denver, CO.
According to the Denver Post;
A power failure at the Suncor Energy refinery on Friday sent a yellow-orange smoke plume billowing over the area, forcing a highway closure and prompting a school lockdown, but fire officials said there wereÂ no concerns about public safety downwind from the plant.
In times of emergency, our nearby facilities start rolling out their emergency SOG’s with environmental monitoring, and safe shutdown procedures.Â These responders are a different breed of HAZMAT responder, they are the industrial firefighter.Â With specialized equipment and a will to protect their neighbors outside their facility, they respond with determination and alacrity.
As municipal responders, we sometimes overlook our industrial fire interface challenges in our own areas.Â What some may not realize is the potential mutual aid help that we have in our area industry.Â For example, some facilities have air monitoring teams, oil spill response teams, and other specialized forces that we can utilize.Â Get to know your local industrial responders, you never know when you may need them.