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LEARNED LESSONS: Propane Tanker Rollover Anhydrous Ammonia Release HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48.

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1 LEARNED LESSONS: Propane Tanker Rollover Anhydrous Ammonia Release HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

2 BIOGRAPHY Hired as a regulator for HazMat programs ▫HMBP, USTs, Haz Waste, Storm water, etc. Hazardous Materials Responder 23+ years State Certified Hazardous Materials Instructor ▫18 Years for CSTI ▫FRA, FRO, Tech/Spec ▫Identification of Unknown Chemicals B.S. Geology – Chico State Incident Response Team Leader DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

3 AWARD-WINNING HAZ MAT TEAM Urban Shield – Haz Mat Division DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT – 3 rd Place (with Richmond FD)2012 – 1 st Place 2013 – 2 nd and 3 rd Places

4 INCIDENTS Propane Tanker Rollover Anhydrous Ammonia Release HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

5 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER October 7, 2013, 3:24 am – 5:45 pm ▫Allied Propane tanker overturned ▫Carlson Blvd. at I-80 E on-ramp, El Cerrito Unified Command ▫El Cerrito FD (IC) ▫Richmond FD (Operations) ▫Contra Costa Haz Mat (Haz Mat Group/ Entry) HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

6 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Unified Command (cont’d) ▫Other agencies: CHP, Cal Trans, Chevron FD, American Red Cross, Cities of El Cerrito/Richmond Hazards of propane ▫Evacuation of immediate area east and west of I-80  Nearby motel  Gas station HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

7 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Multiple Entries &Tactical Groups ▫Reconnaissance ▫Continuous LEL/air monitoring of exclusion zone by Area RAE and Hand Held Monitors (CGI) ▫Patching ▫Up righting  Master fog - El Cerrito and Richmond FDs  Allied Propane  Tow companies HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

8 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Recon/Area RAE set-up, Block Storm Drain HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

9 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Patching – 9:05 am HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

10 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Patch applied/leak slowed – 10:00 am HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

11 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Decoupled tanker/offloading commenced – 12:30 pm HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

12 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Safety briefing prior to up righting – 1:45 pm HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

13 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Up righting - 2:14 pm HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

14 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Up righting HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

15 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Tanker up righted – 4:00 pm HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

16 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

17 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER The day after... HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

18 PROPANE TANKER ROLLOVER Lessons Learned: ▫SAFETY  Flammability / Explosion hazard of propane ▫Importance of ICS/Unified Command ▫Specialized training for tow companies for haz mat transportation incidents  CHP working on new guidelines  In the interim, include tow operator safety in Site Safety Plan ▫Continuous LEL/air monitoring ▫Maintenance of zones (exclusion, CRZ, support) ▫I-80 closure? HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

19 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE October 25, 2013, 2:43 – 8:00 am ▫PG&E Gateway Station, Antioch Unified Command ▫Contra Costa Fire Eng. 81 (IC) ▫Contra Costa Haz Mat (Haz Mat Group) ▫PG&E (Responsible Party Incident Comander) HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

20 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE Situation ▫Small leak at two valves on piping system to anhydrous ammonia chiller ▫System shutdown on 10/24/13 for winter ▫Readings of ammonia monitors at 7-40 ppm HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

21 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE Diagram of facility HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

22 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE Outside of exclusion zone HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

23 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE Chiller system HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

24 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE Fixed Ammonia monitor HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

25 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE Haz Mat makes entry – 5:40 am HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

26 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE Entry ▫Objectives  Safety – slips, trips, falls; tie off ladder  Tighten bolts on flanges Multiple entries – tighten two valves ▫1 st entry – 5:40 am; 1 of 2 valves tightened ▫2 nd entry – 6:40 am – 2 of 2 valves tightened Leak stopped – 7:00 am ▫Ammonia readings subsided HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

27 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE After leak stopped; one of the valves HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

28 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE After leak stopped; one of the valves HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

29 ANHYDROUS AMMONIA RELEASE Lessons Learned ▫SAFETY ▫Continuous air monitoring – movement of Incident Command Post due to wind shift ▫Importance of pre-emergency planning with local responders HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

30 DECEMBER 10, 2013 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Contra Costa Haz Mat, Richmond Fire, and El Cerrito Fire were commended by the County Supervisors for their efforts during the propane tanker rollover and ammonia release incidents. DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48

31 First Responder Awareness Safety Isolate/ Deny entry Notify

32 Safety S N I S I N

33 Upwind Upstream Upgrade Safe Approach 3 UP’s

34 On-scene Safety Guidelines Do not rush to assist Treat unknowns as hazardous until determined otherwise Safe distance; binoculars, rule of thumb Never eat, drink or smoke in the area Do not inhale, touch or ingest Eliminate all ignition sources – flares Reassess continually

35 QUESTIONS? (thank you.) HAZMAT DECEMBER 16, 2013 | CAER SAFETY SUMMIT 48


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