- Launch of video in road tanker rollover emergency response cancelled
- The use of CROIERG equipment & trailers
- The CROIERG Training Courses
- Shocking moment crowd of people are engulfed in flames after crashed fuel tanker erupts in a fireball as they try to steal fuel for it (Egypt)
- Queensland highway reopens after acid spill (QLD)
- First class emergency response charts available
- One killed in massive PMB crash near Peter Brown off-ramp (South Africa)
- Fire razes 8o houses as fuel tanker crashes in Corona school (Nigeria)
- Fire truck operator ordered to pay $160,000 over 2011 Darwin crash that killed three (Northern Territory)
- Two killed in grisly Nairobi-Mombasa highway accident (Kenya)
- Ohio EPA questioned for pursing action V’s its own employee for helping police probe fuel spill (Ohio)
- Rajasthan: Five killed in bus/tanker collision (India)
- 30 years since evacuation in Timmins caused by massive gas spill (Canada)
- After fuel tanker rollover: Emergency warning still in place (Victoria)
- Vic town blacked out before tanker rollover (Victoria)
- Samoa fuel tanker blaze at Matautu wharf in Apia contained authorities say (Samoa)
- Truck crash spills 20,000 litres of diesel into river near Manning Park (Canada)
- Gas spills: Water shoots 80 feet high when tanker smashes Newark fire hydrant (New Jersey)
- Clean-up continues after gasoline tanker crashes near Alberton (Montana)
- CROIERG Secretary tenders resignation
The proposed industry launch of the video on road tanker emergency response in Sydney on Friday April 15th had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond the organisers control
A heck of a lot of hard work went into the planning and organisation of this event and it was not an easy decision to have to put the cancellation sign up
There was simply no alternative
CROIERG acknowledges the great efforts put in by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC)
Work is now in progress on looking at holding the launch in Canberra with a national focus
A clarification. Ed
Note: the CROIERG trailers & equipment are NOT available to CROIERG non-members
Third party responders, even if a CROIERG Member, can only access CROIERG trailers and equipment on behalf of financial members of CROIERG
"You Can Delegate the Function, but You Cannot Abdicate the Responsibility"
The CROIERG Training Courses are held at the TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre) first class training facility located at 441 Sutton Road Majura ASCT. Just outside Queanbeyan NSW
SHOCKING MOMENT CROWD OF PEOPLE ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES AFTER CRASHED FUEL TANKER ERUPTS IN A FIREBALL AS THEY TRY TO STEAL FUEL FROM IT IN EGYPT (Egypt)
April 24, 2015
Tanker on fire in Egypt
Crowd around overturned tanker
Several people have been injured when a crashed fuel tanker turned an Egyptian street into a sea of flames.
The tanker had flipped over on its side for an unknown reason, and had started leaking gasoline from its roof.
A number of opportunistic men brought buckets and containers to cash in on the accident, a broad daylight thievery they were soon made to regret
A video from the incident shows several people running up to the overturned fuel tanker, trying to collect as much gasoline as they can carry.
Another recording, filmed from a nearby house overlooking the scene, shows the small crowd growing as word spreads of the fuel free-for-all.
Moments later, the fuel and fumes ignite, with both gasoline thieves and onlookers engulfed in flames
Within seconds, the entire street is on fire, with flames and thick dark smoke rising high into the sky as the leaked gasoline burns
March 22, 2016 Maxwelton QLD
A highway in northwest Queensland will reopen after a truck rolled and spilled 17,000 litres of sulfuric acid.
The Flinders Highway at Maxwelton, near Richmond, was closed on Monday afternoon to allow authorities to clean up the hazardous material.
The section of highway, between the Hopevale and Nondas West turn-offs, was expected to reopen at 6pm on Tuesday.
"All of the sulfuric acid from the damaged tanks has been emptied out and a recovery crew is currently separating them from the prime mover," police said in a statement.
The prime mover and first tank would be driven from the site as neither were damaged, they said.
The truck was carrying three tanks of sulfuric acid when it rolled.
One leaked, prompting authorities to establish a 10km exclusion zone.
The leak is just 100km from where an estimated 80,000 litres of sulfuric acid was spilt in a train derailment amid a drought-breaking deluge in late December
These response charts are the best available
You simply won’t find any better!
The CROIERG First Class Emergency Response Chart "A DISCIPLINED APPROACH TO EMEGENCY RESPONSE" is again available for members purchase
These charts are from the world class response information made available to CROIERG by our Canadian cousins and we are very grateful for this inter country industry co-operation
The charts are 600mm x 385mm and provide a very effective guide in how to manager an incident such as a tanker rollover in a co-ordinated manner
With each chart purchased we will also make available the publication A Disciplined Approach to Emergency Response and a Power Point Presentation on using the charts
They are available in: -
- ALUPANEL for $69.00 (inc GST & Delivery) or:
- CORFLUTEE FOR $49.00 (inc GST & Delivery)
For more information or to place an order please contact the CROIERG Secretary: -
Phone 0428 627 777
Postal CROIERG PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582
Order Form [pdf]
South African Tanker Fire
April 25, 2016 Townhill South Africa
One person has been confirmed dead and another four have been seriously injured on the N3 in Townhill after a fuel tanker burst into flames
Traffic has been affected on the southbound carriageway approaching the Peter Brown off-ramp. KZN EMS's Robert McKenzie says it was a multiple vehicle crash.
"Initial reports indicate that four people had been injured and they are being treated by paramedics from several ambulance services at the scene.
"The scene is still active and will be able to give further details as more information comes in from the scene," he said.
April 2, 2016 Lagos Nigeria
An early morning fire on Friday razed down about 80 makeshift houses on Idowu Bashorun Street, Council Bus Stop, Ikotun, Lagos State, even as five industrial warehouses were gutted by fire at Isolo area of the state
This is just as a petrol tanker carrying about 33,000 litres of AGO fell from the bridge at Anthony Village, Lagos spilling its products into the premises of Corona School located by the foot of the bridge.
Although emergency responders battled from 3am when the fire started till dawn to put out the fire, no fewer than 80 makeshift shops were consumed by fire in the Ikotun area of the state.
Also, properties and goods worth millions of naira were said to have been lost in the process.
Confirming the incident, the Managing Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Razaq Fadipe, advised members of the public to desist from storing petrol in Jerry cans in their houses.
Fadipe said this is one of the major causes of recent fire outbreaks in Lagos. In a similar development, another fire outbreak at the Isolo office of Afprint Industries, which started at about 2pm, gutted five warehouses.
The Public Relations Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency in the South West, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed the incident, said: "The fire outbreak at Afprint involved five warehouses.
"The fire started around 2pm but it’s been put out now."
Meanwhile, at the site of the spillage, a combined team of emergency workers drawn from both the Federal and State Fire Services as well as officials from the National Emergency Management Agency and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency battled to contain the product to prevent any fire outbreak.
The truck was later towed away by officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, even as no casualty was recorded.
Also, Farinloye, who confirmed the incident, said a tanker conveying 33,000 litres of AGO on fell from the bridge at Anthony Village, crashing into Corona School located by the foot of the bridge.
This article is a clear indicator for the importance of training? Ed
February 22, 2016 Darwin Northern Territory
The operator of an airport fire engine that ran a red light and killed three people in a crash has been ordered to pay $160,000 to the Commonwealth for breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Renowned architects Greg McNamara, his wife Lena Yali, and Kevin Taylor died when the fire truck, which was on its way to assist at a fire at Wyuna, collided with their car in Darwin in 2011.
The airport fire trucks occasionally assisted on jobs outside of the airport grounds.
Airservices Australia admitted fault in 2013 during a coronial inquest, and conceded the training provided to drivers was not adequate.
But the legal battles have continued, as federal workplace safety organisation Comcare launched additional action against Airservices Australia earlier this year.
They argued it breached the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The main argument was that Airservices failed to give appropriate training to its employees and did not identify risks to its employees or other road users.
Justice John Reeves today handed down his judgment finding Airservices breached the act and ordered it to pay the fine.
Justice Reeves noted the "airport fire engine was much larger than the majority of other vehicles driven on public roads, and the potential for serious injury and damage if they come into collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian is obvious".
Diane Yali, the sister of one of the victims, previously spoke out to media, saying the money was not going to benefit the family and it was "shifting from one Commonwealth bucket to another".
April 24, 2016 Nairobi Kenya
Tanker and Truck collision in Kenya
Two drivers died after a fuel tanker crashed into a trailer and burst into flames at Kima Kiu, a town between Salama and Makindu towns.
The driver of the tanker was burned to death in the accident on Nairobi-Mombasa Highway at about 8.30am on Sunday.
A motorist in another vehicle, who rammed into the trailer, was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Salama traffic base commander Joseph Nyasani said the tanker was loaded with fuel from Mombasa. He said the truck was headed in the opposite direction.
OHIO EPA QUESTIONED FOR PURSING ACTION VS.ITS OWN EMPLOYEE FOR HELPING POLICE PROBE FUEL SPILL (Ohio)
April 13, 2016 Ohio USA
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency needs to clean up its own rules and regulations before pursuing possible criminal charges against an employee accused of acting improperly by aiding police and fire departments investigating a suspicious 2015 oil spill, the state inspector general said in a report today.
"The investigation found a lack of consistency, clarity, and uniformity of the duties in position descriptions for employees holding the same job title," said the inspector general’s report.
"Issues were also noted involving the content, delivery, and tracking of training for environmental specialists, and that certain agency policies had not been revised for more than 20 years."
At issue was the conduct of Michael Sherron, an environmental specialist and on-site coordinator, at a fuel spill in Martin’s Ferry, an Ohio River community. Sherron left the agency several months ago.
The EPA director’s office told the inspector general in April 2015 that Sherron engaged in "illegal or improper activity" because he helped police interrogate a suspect in the possible vandalism that caused the spill, and that he possibly indicated he was a criminal investigator who could file changes, the investigation says.
Heidi Grismer, spokeswoman for the state EPA, said today that agency officials viewed the videotaped questioning and it appeared that Sherron was "impersonating a police officer."
Copies also were sent to the governor’s office – which Grismer said is required under Gov. John Kasich’s ethics policies -- and State Highway Patrol, which declined to bring charges after consulting with the Belmont County prosecutor’s office.
The EPA contended that Sherrod "acted outside the scope of his duties" and should not have helped police with their investigation but rather should have told his supervisor so an EPA investigator could have been summoned.
March 27, 2016 Jodhpur
At least five people were killed and more than 40 injured when a bus collided with a tanker at a National Highway in Jodhpur last night.The bus later turtled following the collision. The injured passengers were immediately rushed to hospitals in Phalodi and Pokhran.
Those severely injured were immediately referred to Mathura Das Mathur Hospital in Jodhpur.An injured passenger, Ashok said, "We all are from the Jain community. Around 60 of us were travelling from Phalodi to Jaisalmer. Suddenly the collision happened and I don't remember how. We asked for help and people took us to the hospital."
Constable of Phalodi Police Station, Gopi Kishan confirmed the number of casualties."At least 29 have been brought here who are given treatment. Rest will be admitted in a while. These passengers are all from Gujarat and had come to visit Jaisalmer and are from the Jain community.
Five passengers have been killed and around 20 have been referred to Pokhran," said Kishan.
A look back at 30 years ago. Ed
March 27, 2016 Timmins Canada
As emergencies go, it was the first time and the last time anyone can remember such a large portion of Timmins had been evacuated. More than 5,000 people were ordered out of their homes. Perhaps what is more amazing is that despite the damage, there were no serious injuries reported.
It was Easter Monday 1986; thirty years ago this week. The date on the calendar was March 31. It was overcast. There had been a bit of rain. At first, it seemed like a normal spring morning in Timmins.
But something went wrong at the Imperial Oil Esso bulk plant on Spruce Street, near Ogden Avenue. A worker had set up a hose to transfer gasoline from a 36,000-litre rail tanker car to a bulk fuel tank. Somehow the four-inch fuel line broke away. It was about 8:30 a.m. The worker had not stayed with the tanker car. No one noticed it right away. Roughly 21,000 litres of gasoline poured out of the tanker and onto the ground.
Much of the gasoline pooled into low-lying areas and seeped into the soil. But a lot of it, no one knows how much for sure, flowed into a nearby catch basin and from there into the city’s sewer system.
At 9:08 that morning, an urgent call was made to the Timmins fire hall advising of the gasoline spill. Fire Captain Sonny Farrell and a crew of firefighters responded. The gasoline spill was obvious, with shiny rainbow slicks floating on nearby puddles and pavement. The oily sheen could clearly be noticed between the ties of the railroad tracks.
Captain Farrell alerted Timmins fire chief Bert Schaffer who was on the scene in minutes. Schaffer was surprised at what he saw in terms of thousands and thousands of litres of spilled gasoline.
Schaffer said that the gasoline spill emergency was completely unexpected and unprecedented in terms of the size of the spill. But he said once it became apparent that gasoline had entered the sewer system he knew there was potential for disaster.
"I started making calls you know as soon as we knew the gasoline was hitting the sewers that it could go anywhere," Schaffer recalled.
April 7, 2016 Inglewood Victoria
Tanker rollover at Inglewood Vict
Damaged tanker in Inglewood crash
Electricity remains off in the Central Victorian town of Inglewood after a fuel tanker crashed last night into a power pole and caused a hazardous spill.
- 28 people evacuated from their homes
- Driver lost control of tanker on Calder Freeway
- Truck was carrying about 50,000 litres of fuel
The driver lost control of the tanker on a bend on the Calder Freeway and hit a power pole and a number of fences just before 8:00pm.
The truck was carrying about 50,000 litres of fuel, and an emergency warning was issued for toxic fumes in the immediate area.
Twenty-eight people were evacuated from their homes.
The Country Fire Authority's incident controller, Steve Smith, said power would not be turned back on until the spill had been cleared.
"We can't put the power back on until it's safe to do so, which will be after we decanted the remaining fuel out of the truck," he said.
He said the power might not be turned back on until midday.
"What we'll do is wait until we've got some daylight, so we can make a safe assessment of the vehicle itself," Mr Smith said.
"We have some specialists on site who will be making that assessment, decanting the fuel out of the vehicle.
"Once it's safe to do so we'll put the vehicle back on its wheels and it will be removed from the scene."
The Calder Highway remains closed at Inglewood, North West of Bendigo.
And have a look at the following story on the Inglewood incident. Ed
April 7, 2016 Melbourne Victoria
A blackout may have contributed to a petrol tanker crash in a Victorian town that closed roads and cut power.
Emergency crews worked into Thursday afternoon to right a petrol tanker and contain a 50,000-litre fuel leak after the truck went out of control on a bend and slid on its side into a power pole in Inglewood, near Bendigo, on Wednesday night.
As the situation was given the all-clear on Thursday evening, the Calder Highway was re-opened to one lane through the town and power had been restored to most residents.
Power had gone out in Inglewood about 5pm on Wednesday because of storm activity.
Pauline Wellman, who works at the local motel and Caravan Park where many people evacuated to, said the town was in darkness.
"The electricity was out hours and hours before the truck hit the pole, so the town was in absolute pitch blackness last night," she told AAP on Thursday.
"You come off the fastest road and into the town and I would say that the town being dark wouldn't have helped the truck navigate the bend."
Police at the scene also told reporters the town was pitch black, and the driver crashed where the speed went from 100km/h to 60km/h.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) said 28 people were evacuated from their homes at the height of the incident.
Most residents had power restored by 4.30pm on Thursday, but a handful did not get power back until 10pm, as Powercor worked to restore the original fault.
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said the fuel spread up to 1.5km from the crash site and soil was used to stop it flowing into a creek. "We will work to remove the contamination and it's most likely that will be through excavation," the EPA's Danny Childs told AAP on Thursday.
"We need to scope out the extent of the contamination but these sort of clean-ups take a matter of weeks."
About 28,000 litres of fuel had been removed from a drain, and pumping would continue on Friday.
April 4, 2016 Apia Samoa
Firefighters have contained a huge fuel tanker blaze at Matautu wharf in the Samoan capital of Apia, disaster authorities say.
Reports said thousands of people had been evacuated from the surrounding area after a tanker caught fire.
"The public is advised that our first responders have contained the fire at the Matautu wharf," Samoa's disaster management office said on Facebook.
"The situation is still being managed and we urge everyone to please refrain from going into the Matautu area."
Images on social media showed plumes of thick black smoke billowing out from the large tank at Matautu wharf, the gateway for cruise ships entering the Pacific nation. There were no reports of injuries or fatalities, according to local media.
The Samoa Observer earlier reported firefighters had been concentrating their efforts on preventing the blaze from spreading to two other tanks
April 4, 2016 Similkameen Falls BC Canada
Tanker crash that spilled 20,000 litres of diesel
Emergency responders are scrambling to contain a nearly 20,000-litre spill of diesel into the Similkameen River east of Manning Provincial Park after a crash involving a fuel tanker truck.
The incident happened today in the Similkameen Falls area, south of Princeton and east of Manning Park's east gate.
About 200 litres of diesel spilt by the trailer has been contained but environment ministry officials estimate 19,800 litres has entered the Similkameen River.
Clean-up contractor RAM Environmental has been hired by the tanker truck operator and the firm has staff on site pumping the remaining diesel from the damaged trailer.
Boats and containment booms are being deployed from Hope.
The environment ministry has environmental emergency response officers on site with more en route.
Additional experts, some trained in shoreline clean-up, will be part of an environmental unit that will provide technical guidance to the company responsible and the emergency response officers, according to a ministry statement
Tanker that sheared off water hydrant
April 17, 2016 Newark News Jersey
A tanker collided with a fire hydrant early Saturday morning, causing a gas spill at the intersection of Newark and Cedar boulevards and sending water nearly 80 feet into the air.
The Newark Police and Alameda County Fire departments said the incident was reported just before 4 a.m. near the 76 Gas Station at the intersection of Newark and Cedar boulevards. Officials were forced to shut down a number of roads in the area till after 8 a.m.
Tanker crash at Alberton
April 21, 2016 Alberton. Montana USA
A tanker that spilled an estimated 2,200 gallons of gasoline Wednesday night east of Alberton has been removed from the area of the accident.
Frenchtown Fire Public Information Officer Mel Holtz told MTN News that crews removed the tanker just after 4 a.m. om Thursday.
The tank narrowly missed striking a power pole after detaching from the truck just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Old Highway 10 about two miles east of Alberton.
Missoula County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Brenda Basset says a specialized team from Helena was called in to ensure the tank is empty before they attempt to move it.
Holtz says crews safely moved the gas from the tanker to a second tanker, before it was towed away early Thursday morning. Crews will now be removing the soil were the gasoline spilled.
Brian O’Connor has tendered his resignation as Secretary-Treasurer & Public Officer of the Canberra & Regions Oil Industry Emergency Response Group Incorporated (CROIERG) effective May 13th 2016. He advised of his resignation to the CROIERG Committee on April 26th that he is resigning due to:
- Age (84+)
- Health; and
- Family Commitments as a full time carer
This is to be effective from Friday May 13th
He attended Government House in Canberra on April 15th to receive his Australia Medal from Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove for "significant service to the petroleum transport industry through emergency response safety training and to the community of Yass"
Brian O'Connor and members of his family at Government House, Canberra with the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove
Brian O’Connor started working with his father Joe O’Connor in the Yass NSW Caltex Distributorship in 1953 and has notched up 63 years in the Australian Oil Industry