- THE FRNSW Emergency Exercise at TISC. A Ripper!
- CROIERG Training Courses in article in the Canberra Times
- CROIERG TRAINING COURSES
- First class video on the CROIEFG Training Courses
- Expressions of Interest
- Course Dates
- Course Bookings & Enquiries
- PowerPoint Presentation on the Training Courses at TISC
- Training Courses Information
- Course Costs
- Summary of Year 2015 Courses
- Road accident in Pakistan Kills 30 (Pakistan)
- Three people burnt alive after chemical tanker collides with motorbike (India)
- Santa Rita creek fuel spill cleaned (California)
- Oil train safety and taxes on Lawmakers’ Agenda for 2015 (USA)
- Fuel recovery after tanker accident suspended during rush hour (Canada)
- Train crashes into tanker truck in Lorain County (Ohio)
- Minister admits 130 unsafe tankers still in use (UK)
- No emergency response plan for mysterious chemical (California)
- Two hurt in petrol tanker explosion (South Africa)
- An absolute Miracle: Woman, Children escape injury in dramatic crash (Utah)
- Woman dies in tanker crash at Ellis Beach near Cairns last night. Another man seriously injured (QLD)
- Nearly 3 million gallons of brine spill on North Dakota boom largest leak (North Dakota)
- Company with chemical spill ties cited eight times (West Virginia)
- Civil defense averts disaster from overturned fuel tanker (Saudi Arabia)
- FDOT assesses damage in Gandy fuel tanker crash (Florida)
- Petrol tanker explodes at filling station in Sri Lanka
- 30,000 of diesel spills at Longueuil water-purification plant (Canada)
- Two Killed in tanker: Drivers clash (Nigeria)
- Van slams into tanker truck in South Texas killing 5 men (Texas)
- Oil tanker overturns. Spills oil on street (Massachusetts)
- Livermore woman killed in Fayette accident
It was certainly LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION at the TISC Training Complex, Sutton Road, Canberra on January 22nd and 23rd when a large scale emergency exercise involving a road tanker rollover was held by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) in co-operation with CROIERG, Ron Finemore Transport and the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC)
Using the Buddy System for BA
This event was conducted as State Emergency Exercise and will be the forerunner of annual state emergency exercises to be held by FRNSW
The emergency exercise was deliberately scripted so that the actions taken could be recorded by camera crews and even a Drone!
The film/s produced will be distributed by FRNSW to fire brigades across the state as training aids for response to road tanker incidents, with a special emphasis on petroleum products. There is also a national distribution in the pipeline
The Ron Finemore Transport unit used in the exercise
Police begin to block the highway
AND certain sections will be made available to industry, especially those relating to Training Course aspects and the importance of the Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card and its recognition by the emergency services
Below is a summary of the emergency exercise by Supt. Kim Reeson
The purpose of this project is to provide a safer workplace at emergency incidents involving the drilling and decanting of overturned bulk road tankers. We all know that these incidents have inherent dangers associated with them and require technical expertise, an awareness of correct procedures and acknowledgement of our shared responsibility by all to ensure the process is undertaken as safely as reasonably practical.
The video and learning packages that will be produced by FRNSW, fellow emergency services and industry responders allows NSW to lead in the development of a state emergency management framework for this type of incident.
It increases our awareness as a community about the standards we should expect from each other when undertaken the task of rendering an emergency incident safe, assisting in the protection of life, property and the environment.
To view a video from WIN News go to
On January 16th, 2015 The Canberra Times published a feature article on road transport training with strong emphasis on the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) and the CROIERG Training Courses.
Getting ready for the practical session
The environmental crew at the creek
How much fuel has gone into this dam?
Fire pumper at the incident scene
Australasian Transport News ATN Magazine has produced a first class video on the CROIERG Training Courses with a link provided in the magazine. We appreciate the high exposure ATN magazine have provided in bringing the CROIERG/TISC training courses to the attention of the Australian Transport Industry
This link is also on this website (L/H Menu). Go to "Rollover Training Video"
And also on this website you can view the first class TISC "Emergency Responder Training Video" also in the L/H Menu
EXPRESSIONS OF INTERESTThe Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) has put in place an "EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST LIST" for the training courses. See below for contact details and information
The Chief Instructor Neil Bauer
Training Courses will be conducted in 2015 on the following dates:
March 11th to 13th3-Day Manager’s Course
June 15th to 19th5-Day Responder/Manager’s Course
October 19th to 23rd5-Day Responder/Manager’s Course
November 30th to December 4th5-Day Responder/Manager’s Course
ALL TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE TO
Paul Harrison Executive Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) 441 Sutton Road, Canberra ACT
TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620
(02) 6297 7187 Mobile 0407 223 125
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE CROIERG TRAINING COURSES AT TISC
Paul Harrison Manager Training at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) presented a first class PowerPoint presentation on the courses recently
All the information required on the training courses is in this presentation.
Paul Harrison speaking at the Bulk Tanker Day in Melbourne
The title is:
AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE DG TRANSPORT INDUSTRY
TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION
The TISC Training Complex is located at:
441 Sutton Road. Majura (Canberra) ACT (Just outside Queanbeyan NSW)
- RESPONDERS COURSE (3 Days) - "Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations".
- 5-DAY COURSE RESPONDERS & MANAGERS COMBINED ‘Course in Emergency Response Management"
For detailed information on the two programs go to the link below
TRAINING COURSE COSTS
Responders Course $2,318 including GST and $110 for Responder Card Fee
Combined Manager & Responder Course/s (5-Day)$4,118 including GST and $110 for Responder Card Fee
DG Emergency Responder and Response Management Training!
(02) 6297 7187
Did you know?
- On March 11, 2015 TISC will be running a 3 Day DG emergency responder course. This course deals with the practical planning and tasks that relate to the emergency incident itself and focuses on personnel who will perform the "up-front" hands on recovery and containment tasks at the actual site. This course provides for a national recognised qualification and allows the participant to apply for a "responder card" which is recognised by Emergency Services when attending incidents.
- On June 15 – 19, Oct 19 – 23, and Nov 30 – 4 Dec, 2015 TISC will be running a 5 Day DG Emergency Responder/Manager course. The course is in two parts and provides for 2 nationally recognised qualifications. For the first 3 days, managers will undertake the same practical hands on training as company incident responders.
- This will provide them with a sound basis for emergency response and on successful completion also provide them with the nationally recognised responder’s qualification and an opportunity to apply for the industry emergency response card.
- Armed with skills and knowledge from the responders course, the last two days of the course, managers will learn about the design, development and implementation of a company Transport Emergency Response Plan (TERP) and design, run and evaluate a simulated emergency response exercise (a legal requirement for DG Transport companies).
- This part of the course will provide managers with the skills and knowledge to be confident about their company’s ability to meet their dangerous goods legal obligations and their preparedness to respond effectively to emergencies. Managers will complete all assessment activities here at TISC including exercising their TERP’s. A qualification in emergency response management is also provided on successful completion.
Note* to apply for the "Responder Card" participants must have at least one manager in their company who holds the response management qualification.
Places are very limited for these courses so be quick!
For enrolment on any of the courses described above, please contact our office on (02) 6297 7187 or Email email@example.com
If you need any further information about the courses listed above or TISC can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me on the number below.
This report of a road incident in Pakistan. Have a look at the statistics quoted. Close to 9,000 road accidents have been reported every year since 2011, which have killed over 4,500 people on an average, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Ed
Note. The death toll was later revised to 57. Ed
Bus in Pakistan incident
Tanker involved in Pakistan incident
January 11, 2015 Karachi Pakistan
At least 30 people were killed and scores injured in a deadly road accident in Pakistan, involving a bus and an oil tanker, Saturday. The bus was travelling from Karachi to Shikarpur on the Super Highway Link Road when the tanker crashed into it head on, the Dawn online reported.
Police sources said that the bus was carrying 55 passengers, including women and children.
The sources added that both the vehicles caught fire upon colliding, as passengers sitting on top of the bus jumped off to save themselves.
According to the commissioner of Karachi, Shoaib Siddiqui, the crash was a result of negligence on the part of the tanker's driver. He said that the flames were difficult to control owing to the presence of petrol. A survivor said that the passenger bus was overcrowded, which was a common practice in the absence of safety regulations.
In November last year, 58 people died in a bus accident in Karachi, which happened due to poor condition of the roads. In April, a bus smashed into a tractor-trailer in a high-speed collision in Sindh, killing 42 people, while in March, a horrific crash between two buses and a petrol tanker left 35 dead, with many burnt alive when the fuel ignited.
Nov 30 2014 Jaipur India
Tanker and motor bike (India)
Fire crews at work
A fatal accident after the collision between a motorbike and a chemical tanker burnt three people alive on Saturday near Beawar- Pindwara highway.
The chemical tanker caught fire after the collision, also engulfed the three people on the highway.
According to the eyewitnesses, the three youths were travelling on bike when the mishap took place. However, the family members said that they were waiting near the parked bike for another vehicle.
December 22, 2014 Monterey County California USA
Santa Rita Creek
Santa Rita Creek flowed smoothly again Monday after filling with gasoline and diesel fuel last week, Shawn Atkins said.
Atkins, the manager of operations and maintenance for Monterey County Public Works, responded about 10:45 a.m. last Wednesday to Rogge Road where the creek oozed a strange brown substance.
An hour later, workers identified the substance as fuel from buses parked at the nearby Santa Rita Union School District maintenance yard.
Apparently, the yard is typically locked, Atkins said. But the previous night, Bolsa Knolls Middle School held an event next door and used the parking lot for overflow parking, Atkins said.
Sometime early Wednesday, thieves crept onto the lot to steal gasoline, he said. From the scene, it appeared they inadvertently drilled a diesel bus first. Not wanting diesel fuel, they allowed it to flow into a nearby drain.
The next bus tapped had gasoline but may have carried more fuel than they could carry, Atkins said. The excess, too, flowed into the drain.
That drain eventually emptied into Santa Rita Creek.
December 30, 2015 USA
For the past few years, a growing number of trains have been bringing "rolling pipelines" of oil from North Dakota to ports and refineries in the Pacific Northwest.
And in that time, the Washington and Oregon legislatures have failed to come up with the money to pay for the cost of responding to the increasing risk of oil spills in their states. That could change in 2015.
Both states’ governors and legislators are talking about the need to enhance safety and preparedness in response to the uptick in oil train traffic in the region. But there are some sticking points when it comes to deciding what’s to be done, and more importantly, how to pay for it.
Here’s the old model in Washington: oil that arrives by ship (traditionally that was 90 percent of the oil that arrived at Washington refineries) is taxed a nickel per barrel. That money goes to spill response and preparedness. Fast forward to 2014: oil arriving by train and pipeline now makes up one third of the oil arriving at Washington refineries. And unless falling oil prices upend predictions, oil-train traffic in 2020 could be seven times what it is today.
Note this sensible solution to a common problem. Ed
December 5, 2014 Montreal Canada
Friday’s rush hour will be chaotic in the east end due to an accident earlier in the day, but at the last minute Notre-Dame will be open to traffic between 3 and 7 p.m., thanks to the Montreal fire department.
A tanker truck containing gasoline lost an axle on a wide left turn at the corner of Dickson and Notre-Dame Sts. at 10:30 a.m.
Firefighters have been on site because 15,000 litres of gasoline has to be pumped out of the damaged tanker into another truck and the liquid is highly flammable.
Employees with the oil company have been having problems with valves, said Montreal police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant.
Notre-Dame had been closed to traffic in both directions between Cadillac and Viau Sts.
From10:30 a.m., but just before 2 p.m. a fire official said the pumping operation will be suspended between 3 and 7 p.m. to avoid what could have been a traffic problem of epic proportions. The road will be closed again as of 7 p.m.
December 26, 2014 Eaton Township, Ohio USA
Train and tanker collide in Ohio
Tanker across railway tracks
Emergency crews are on scene where a train crashed into a tanker truck in Lorain County. The crash happened at about 2:15 p.m. on Route 83 near Capel Road and in Eaton Township.
Highway Patrol says the truck, which was empty of fuel, stalled on the tracks.
When the driver saw the train approaching, he jumped out of the vehicle and ran, according to troopers.
December 20, 2014 London UK
About 130 fuel tankers that do not meet safety standards are still in use on British roads and forecourts more than a year after the problem was first reported. In a written statement to Parliament in October last year, transport minister Robert Goodwill reported that 230 fuel tankers, about 12% of the entire British tanker fleet, had been incorrectly certified, and said:
"The department has an ongoing dialogue with industry to discuss proposals to replace or modify the tankers according to a schedule that ensures security of fuel supply while maintaining safety." However, in an update on Thursday December 18, transport minister Claire Perry said: "Since the previous statement, about 100 new replacement tankers have been entering into service, reducing the number that are not in full compliance to around 130 tankers".
"During this time the Department for Transport commissioned a £1.5m research programme to inform decisions about the future use of these vehicles. Based on the outcome of the research published today (18 December 2014) on GOV.UK, the date by which those tankers built after the middle of 2010 are to be withdrawn (about 70 tankers) will be extended subject to the outcome of further work to establish acceptance criteria that may allow an individual tanker to continue in use for up to 12 years after entering into service.
"Those tankers still in service that were built before the middle of 2010 are to be withdrawn as originally planned a year ago."
The research reveals that the problem is a "lack of fusion" in circumferential welds which could rupture if the tanker rolls over, causing a major spillage. The report also calculates the probability of a rollover among the vehicles still in operation, and concludes there is a 51% chance of at least one of them overturning in the next six years, and a 66% probability when a period of nine years is considered.
Makes you wonder. Ed
January 25, 2015 San Francisco California USA
The deaths of birds from a sticky goo on San Francisco Bay this past week signalled an environmental emergency, but the network of skilled government agencies trained to swiftly respond to bay disasters was nowhere to be found.
That’s because the multiagency response that would have immediately mobilized containment and clean-up to prevent further damage is usually triggered only if the substance on bay waters is petroleum-based and reported by a company or ship
December 12, 2014 Cape Town South Africa
Two men were seriously injured when a petrol tanker they were refuelling exploded in Primrose Park, Cape Town, on Friday, said paramedics.
A small explosion occurred while the men were working on the tanker and that set it alight, said ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring.
Paramedics arrived to find the men seated on chairs, surrounded by their colleagues.
"Both men had sustained serious burn wounds to their heads and chests," Meiring said.
December 31, 2014 Utah USA
Tanker and car trapped underneath
The Utah Highway Patrol is calling it a miracle.
"No fatalities. No injuries. It's an absolute miracle that there were no injuries in this particular crash," said UHP Sgt. Blaine Robbins.
"I can't reiterate how lucky these people are. It's unreal. They're very, very lucky."
Heather Slack, of Eagle Mountain, was driving west on I-80 with her two children Tuesday afternoon when she tried to get into another lane away from a large tanker truck as the road curved near East Canyon.
"And then I must have really hit some ice because it shot me across, and I don't know what happened," Slack said. "I didn't know I was under the truck. And I kind of thought I was falling off a cliff. We were screaming because we could hear something, but we didn't know what."
Slack's car went underneath the tanker and was dragged approximately 200 yards before the large truck could come to a stop. During that time, Slack said she heard squealing and the sound of metal on concrete.
The car's roof was smashed. But amazingly, the crunching car formed "pockets" around Slack and her children. Slack described it as "little pods" that protected them.
Soon, the family heard the voices of emergency crews calling from the outside and fearing the worst.
"I said, 'You got to get us out here because we must have some amazing things to do because Heavenly Father totally protected me and my children today, and we're very, very blessed because of it.' We know he has a plan for us, and we have a lot to do because we're still here," she said.
Slack and her daughter and son were checked out by paramedics and released at the scene.
WOMAN DIES IN TANKER CRASH AT ELLIS BEACH NEAR CAIRNS LAST NIGHT, ANOTHER MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED (QLD)
January 6, 2015 Cairns Queensland
A WOMAN has died and a man is seriously injured after a gas tanker rolled north of Ellis Beach last night.
The Forensic Crash Unit are investigating following the crash which happened around 7.20pm. The road remains closed and is expected to stay that way for several more hours.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes.
The 39-year-old female passenger was declared dead at the scene while the 56-year-old male driver was transported to Cairns Hospital and remains in a serious condition. He had to be cut from the cabin.
Cairns district duty officer Acting Sen-Sgt Andy Everest said initial reports the Elgas tanker had been heading north to Port Douglas when it left the road and hit a drainage system.
He said the crash happened on a relatively flat section of road with a slight bend about 1km north of Ellis Beach. It is believed the tanker had been doing a delivery between Cairns and Port Douglas.
Sen-Sgt Everest said the gas leak was contained after a short period. He said the potential blast zone if it had ignited could have been more than 1km.
January 21, 2015 North Dakota USA
Nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling have leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, an official said Wednesday, the largest such spill since the state’s current oil boom began and nearly three times worse than any previous spill. Two creeks have been affected, but the full environmental effect might not be clear for months.
January 16, 2015 Nitro West Virginia USA
A few towns over from the chemical plant that leaked a coal-cleaning mixture into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians last year, a new company run by some of the same people is being cited for similar environmental violations.
State regulators have written up the new firm, Lexycon LLC, eight times since September for pouring chemicals without a permit, lacking proper "last-resort" walls to contain spills, and hosting tanker-trailers full of unknown chemicals, among other infractions, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.
Some of the infractions at Lexycon still haven't been addressed despite three site-wide inspections and dozens of smaller visits by regulators from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection since May, state reports show.
Inspectors even found the same little-known chemical that leaked from a Freedom Industries Inc. facility and tainted the water supply for West Virginia's capital city, despite the Lexycon owner's promise to a federal judge that his company wouldn't touch the substance.
The pollution at Freedom's Elk River operation triggered a tap water ban that brought the region to a standstill for days, with residents unable to shower or use their faucets and restaurants and other businesses shuttered for lack of clean water. The spill also sparked criticism in Congress that existing environmental rules aren't adequate, particularly in West Virginia, where the energy industry's heavy presence has always come with the risk of disaster.
"I've noticed that when something goes wrong, you sell the company, you change the name," said Maya Nye of PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT CHEMICAL SAFETY, an advocacy group in the state. "Then suddenly, it looks like a shiny new package, but the way things operate is very similar. It's just kind of status quo." Two consultants who have worked with Lexycon are among six former Freedom officials charged last month over last January's massive spill.
An FBI agent said in an affidavit that Freedom officials knew for a decade of the crack in the secondary containment wall that enabled the chemical to seep into the Elk River. They also didn't inspect leaky World War II-era tanks and shrugged off plans to decommission them, the agent said.
January 4 2014 Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Crane lifting tanker
Civil Defense teams succeeded in containing the leakage of fuel from a large tanker that overturned at the capital’s southern ring road early on Sunday morning.
The accident happened at around 4 a.m. on a road bridge over the Al-Ferayyan Street and the southern ring road intersection, which is busy with heavy traffic.
As soon as Civil Defense received information about the mishap, they sent six fire-fighting and technical assistance squads to the location.
Within a few hours, they succeeded in stopping the leakage, cleaning the area from hazardous material and returning the traffic to normal.
Workers on the roadway
January 6, 2015 St. Petersburg, Florida USA
Major flames -- and possibly major damage -- after a fully-loaded fuel tanker crashed into another truck and exploded around 12:30 Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg.
There were 10,000 gallons of fuel inside that tanker which spilled, ignited, and badly charred nearby
The question: Has all of this damage caused big problems for this overpass?
What it very well could mean: delays. Delays for commuters and for construction.
FDOT is still assessing how much damage was done during the massive fire and whether it's impacted the structure of the overpass they're working to build. That could mean more time for you on the road dealing with the construction at Gandy and Roosevelt.
FDOT crews have been on the scene all day testing the ground and trying to find out whether fuel has seeped underneath what they've already built.
"The fire was so big the only thing you can compare it to is something out of the movies," said Paul Atwell, who saw the flames in person early Tuesday morning.
It was big enough and hot enough to melt part of a backhoe on the top of the partly built overpass on Gandy Boulevard.
Tanker on fire in Sri Lanka
January 2, 2015 Colombo Sri Lanka
A petrol tanker delivering fuel to a filing station in Sri Lanka exploded setting ablaze the filing station.
The fire at the filing station along the main Colombo-Kandy highway at Nelundeniya caused traffic congestion and motorists were asked to take alternative routes.
The firefighters are currently battling to douse the fire.
Water purification plant
January 14, 2015 Quebec Canada
Officials are trying to contain a diesel spill at a water-purification plant in Longueuil.
Nearly 30,000 litres of fuel spilled into the Saint-Lawrence River and the city's sewer system, according to Quebec’s environment ministry.
The ministry was notified of the spill at about 9:30 a.m., but the spill began at about 4 a.m. Emergency workers say there is no risk to the city's drinking water and that no boil-water advisory is necessary.
The spill was caused due to equipment failure, said officials.
January 2, 2015 Kaduna Nigeria
Security forces moved in to restore order at Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) after rival factions of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association engaged in a violent clash yesterday, resulting in the death of two people.
Fighting started around 7:30am at the parking lot and offices as both factions battled to occupy the office of chairman.
Witnesses said the drivers threw stones at one another while some mauled into pulps with clubs, those they met and others chased their perceived enemies with daggers. Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Shehu Umar, came in a convoy around 11am, when normalcy returned
January 15, 2015 Sherton Texas USA
A van slammed into a toppled tanker truck carrying oil, killing five men in a fiery crash Thursday on a South Texas highway, officials said.
The tanker truck had rolled onto its side about 7 a.m. after it struck a pickup that had slowed on U.S. 83 near Asherton, about 115 miles south of San Antonio, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The van carrying the five men then struck the truck's tank, as did another vehicle, said DPS Trooper Maria Loredo. Both the van and the other vehicle burst into flames.
The men were traveling to their homes in Laredo when they were killed, Loredo said. The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital with severe burns.
Isaac Garcia, an oil field worker, said he was delivering some pipe when he came across the wreck. "There were just flames all over the place," he said. "It took seconds for it to light up the way it did."
Tanker recovery underway
January 19, 2015 Melrose Massachusetts USA
A clean-up is underway in Melrose, Massachusetts, after an oil truck carrying 2,700 gallons of oil flipped over, spilling some on the street and into storm drains.
Melrose Police say the incident happened around 6 Monday morning in the area of 17 Howard St. Exactly 2,700 gallons of home-heating oil was in the truck. It spilled onto the street and into the storm drains.
Melfore Fire Captain Ed Collina said the oil got into a brook and is flowing in the waterway towards Saugus. Crews are working to keep the oil contained.
Car crushed in propane tanker incident
January 19, 2015 Fayette
A Livermore woman was killed Monday when her sport utility vehicle was trapped under a propane truck on Main Street in Fayette.
Diane Gould, 45, a mother of three and local school board member, died en-route to the hospital, said Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.
lan Cheney, 52, of Readfield, who was driving the Downeast Energy propane truck, was taken to the hospital to be treated for a minor shoulder injury, Reardon said.
Fayette Fire Chief Marty Maxwell said two homes on nearby Clark Lane had to be evacuated around 9 a.m. because of propane leaking from the overturned truck. The six residents were taken to the Fayette Central School to stay warm until about 2:30 p.m., when they were allowed to return home.
The propane was eventually pumped into another truck sent by Downeast Energy.