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- LARGE SCALE STATE ROAD TANKER EMERGENCY EXERCISE PLANNING BEING FINALISED. VENUE CHANGE
- CROIERG Year 2014 Annual General Meeting scheduled for October 7th 2014 in Yass NSW
- CROIERG represents the NBTA at NSW RMS Barton Highway Improvement Strategy Study
- NBTA Road Tanker Day in Melbourne on September 4th (Sandown Racecourse) CROIERG & TISC to participate
- NHVR Safety & Compliance Alert
- Training Course Dates
- TRAINING COURSES
- Expressions of Interest Form
- Course Bookings
- Training Course Information
- Training Course Costs
- Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card
- 10 Homes evacuated after tanker-Car Crash in Hubbardston (Massachusetts)
- Quality Carriers: owner of leaked acid tanker had 187 crashes in past 2 years (USA)
- UK to allow driverless cars on public roads by January 2015 (UK)
- Diesel fuel still in Hague. But HRT denies it’s the source (Virginia)
- Tanker truck explodes in Turkey: One killed 65 Injured (Turkey)
- Training to contain fuel spills (Massachusetts)
- Wooster accident could close SR-30 WB for 5 days (Ohio)
- Tanker explosion shuts down interstate ramp. (Alabama)
- Authorities work to contain fuel spill in Rockaway River (New Jersey)
- I-65 bridge closed for months after Franklin tanker explosion kills truck driver (Tennessee)
- Fiery fuel tanker crash on highway 41 near Riverdale Kills 1 (California)
- Oil spill in Cherkasy Oblast (Ukraine)
- Tonnes of toxic waste founds at illegal fuel plant in Meigh, County Armagh (Northern Ireland)
Eight people injured in truck explosion near Charleville
This is one of the most catastrophic dangerous goods incidents in Australia.
This news report demonstrates the need to be diligent on a safe approach to dangerous goods incidents
EIGHT people — including five emergency services officers — have been injured in a truck explosion 30km south of Charleville overnight.
Remains of truck. Pic supplied by QPS Media.
The truck, believed to be carrying about 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, was travelling along the Mitchell Highway at Wyandra around 9.50pm when it crashed and caught fire.
The combination of the chemical and diesel petrol caused the large explosion, which was reportedly felt up to 30km away.
Police have closed the highway and have set up an exclusion zone of about 1.5km around the blast site while they secure the area.
A fire truck damaged in the explosion. Pic supplied by QPS Media.
A police officer who attended the scene has described the disaster as like a “war zone”.
Senior-Sergeant Adrian Rieck said the blast caused “catastrophic damage” to roads and infrastructure in the vicinity of where it occurred.
“It certainly resembled a bomb blast – like you would see in a war zone,” he said.
“There’s quite a significant blast radius there and it’s catastrophically damaged a bridge and rail infrastructure. It’s irreparable.”
Snr-Sgt Riek said two passing truck drivers were the first people on scene after the vehicle rolled down a creek embankment.
Reports suggest the men worked to remove the startled driver to safety. Their efforts were helped by firies who attended the scene shortly after the incident occurred.
Snr-Sgt Riek said a police officer noticed the fire trucks responding to the emergency and followed them into the scene as he radioed for assistance.
However, before he could reach the site, the ammonium nitrate had already mixed with the diesel, setting off the massive explosion and causing damage to his vehicle, despite it being about 1km away. The officer was treated for shock and minor injuries.
Snr-Sgt Riek said more police officers attended the disaster shortly after that and were able to help remove the injured to safer ground.
“They’ve driven into the blast scene, risking their lives, to get those people to a safe area,” Snr-Sgt Riek said.
Residents in Charleville, about 30km north of the blast site, said they felt the ground shake at the time of the explosion.
“We didn’t know what had happened,” one resident said.
“At first we thought someone had run into the house. We ran outside to see what happened but couldn’t see anything.
“It definitely rattled the house.”
The explosion also claimed two fire trucks, which were said to be virtually destroyed beyond repair.
Paramedics said the driver of the truck received burns to about 35 per cent of his body, including his chest, abdomen and lower limbs.
It is understood four fire fighters, a police officer and two bystanders were also injured in the explosion. However, their injuries have been described by paramedics as “not serious”.
The bridge near Wyandra which was destroyed when the truck exploded. Pic: Qld Police
One of the bystanders was reported to be a 57-year-old male who received a suspected fractured hip.
A nearby bridge was also reported to have been demolished in the blast.
The eight patients were taken to the Charleville hospital but two were later transferred to the Toowoomba hospital and another two were flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Geoscience Australia also detected a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in the area, initially thought to be due to the reach of the explosion.
Locals have taken to online platforms to contact friends and family and offer support.
“Please may there be no casualties ... thoughts are with the truck driver,” one local wrote.
Rae Griffin also extended support to the victims of the accident.
“My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by this horrible accident in a small town,” she said.
Patients suffered multiple fractures, lacerations, head and chest injuries and deep burns from the explosion.
The town of Charleville has only three ambulance officers but a spokesman from the Queensland Ambulance Service said they were assisted by other emergency service workers.
“Everybody works together in these serious situations, we had three officers from Charleville on scene as well as fire crews and police,” the spokesman said.
A spokesman from Geo Science Australia confirmed that an earthquake occurred in the same area of the truck explosion just minutes before.
“An earthquake recorded earlier this evening at 10.12pm local time, 50km south of Charleville,” the spokesman said.
The quake recorded a magnitude 2.0 which was unlikely to cause “any type of damage”.
“We had about half a dozen reports of people contacting us via phone, email or the web to let us know that they had felt the quake.”
The emergency exercise will now be conducted at the
TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre) Training Complex on the Sutton Road, Majura just outside Queanbeyan NSW
The change in venue was made to better cater for the number of people that will be involved in the exercise and especially to allow for the emphasis that is being placed on having the exercise professionally filmed for training purposes.
Doing the job
Work is continuing on the planning stages of the State Road Tanker Emergency Exercise. The exercise is being co-ordinated by Superintendent Kim Reeson, Fire & Rescue NSW Manager Capability Firefighting
Other emergency services, government departments and agencies and involved in the planning and they will be involved on the day as will industry
CROIERG will be making our semi-trailer rollover tanker and other equipment available for the exercise.
CROIERG will also be providing the industry emergency responders with representatives from Ron Finemore Transport
TISC have been heavily involved in the planning stages, especially in providing technical expertise for the script and advice as to how the videos which will be taken on the day can be best used in future training scenarios for both government and industry
As soon as we (CROIERG) know the actual date
We will “spread the word”
Tuesday October 7th 2014 has been set for the provisional date for the Year 2014 CROIERG Annual General Meeting
The meeting is scheduled to be held at The Yass Soldiers Club, Meehan Street
The AGM Agenda is:
YEAR 2014 CROIERG
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
To be held on
Tuesday October 7th 2014
YASS SOLDIERS CLUB
86 Meehan Street YASS NSW
Starting at 10.30AM
- Confirmation of the Minutes of the Year 2013 AGM held at TISC Canberra ACT on October 31st 2013
- Matters arising from the Minutes
- Chairman’s Report
5. Financial Reports July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
6. Authorise Certificate as to the financial affairs of the group as required by Section 26(6) of the NSW Incorporations Act 1984
- Election of Officer-Bearers: -
- Deputy Chairman
- Committee (6 positions)
- Public Officer (as required by The Act)
- Membership Report
9. CROIERG Membership Subscription Fee for Year 2015
10. Trailer & Equipment Report
- Website Report
- Training Program Report
13. General Business
Lunch will be provided
RSVP by 30/9/2014 to CROIERG Secretary email@example.com
PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582 Phone 0428 627 777
60-66 Rossi Street YASS NSW
PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582
Phone (02) 6226 1752. Mob 0428 627 777
CROIERG REPRESENTS THE NBTA AT NSW ROADS & MARITIME SERVICES BARTON HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY STUDY
CROIERG was pleased to be able to represent the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) at a Barton Highway improvement Strategy Study Group meeting held in Yass on August 21st
Nothing like having a local on the spot when local issues are discussed at this level. You can’t beat that “local knowledge”
The Barton Highway north of the ACT border (at Yass) carries over 10,000 vehicles per day and is a significant road freight link between the Hume Highway and the ACT.
Due to its proximity to Canberra, the highway has growing volumes of commuter traffic between Canberra and residential areas of Murrumbateman and Yass.
The Barton Highway, in the study corridor, is a two lane, single carriageway road.
Duplication of the Barton Highway is the No.1 political issue, at both State & Federal levels, in this fast growing New South Wales area to the north of Canberra
The National Bulk Tanker Association in co-operation with AFAC (Australasian Fire Authorities Council) will be conducting a Bulk Tanker Day at Sandown Racecourse Melbourne Vic on Thursday September 4th 2014 from 8.00AM to 4.00PM
The emphasis this year will be strictly of practical aspects and the full program can be downloaded at the link below:
The program for the day is at http://www.nbta.com.au/tankerday/
CROIERG and TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre of Canberra) will be co-operating in a tanker incident and recovery exercise to demonstrate the need for training and preparedness in the event of an incident.
This practical incident will also involve the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA)
CROIERG will be taking our No. 30 Spill Response Trailer to Melbourne from Canberra for the demonstration
Paul Harrison (TISC Training Manager) will also be making a special presentation on Dangerous Goods Emergency Response Training, with emphasis on Transport Emergency Response Plans (TERP’s) and the two CROIERG Training Courses available at the first class TISC training complex in Canberra
A Big Success!
NBTA CEO Rob Perkings was very pleased with the attendance of 240 on the day.
He expressed his thanks to CROIERG AND TISC for their participation in hte actual emergency road tanker exercise.
Assistant Fire Commisioner NSW - Rob McNeil was the main presenter / compere for the exercise.
He strongly stressed the need for emergency industry responders to be holders of the bulk tanker responder card.
Photos from the day:
Brian Withers and Paul Pulver of Ron Finemore transport, Ken Brennan CEO of TISC talk with CFA incident controller
Roger Van Cornwall TISC Dangerous Goods Specialist
Industry responders - Brian Withers and Paul Pulver in action
SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE ALERT 1/2014 - 19 AUGUST 2014
INSPECTION OF COUPLINGS FOR DOG TRAILERS, PIG TRAILERS AND ROAD TRAIN DOLLIES
The Safety Alert can be downloaded at: -
Training Courses at the TISC Canberra Training Complex are to be conducted on the dates listed below
Sept 15-19 5 Day Course Full
Sept 22-24 3 Day Responder Course Full
Oct 27-31 5 Day course Half Full
For details of the training courses, contact information and costings please see the section below
The 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
Discussing the next move
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
Email : - firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION
Listening to the Chief Instructor
The TISC Training Complex is located at: -
441 Sutton Road. Majura (Canberra) ACT
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
$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
The Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card is administered by the Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA) and supported by the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC)
This specialist course can only be delivered by the approved provider, the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) in Canberra
The Card recognizes that the holder has received formal training in dealing with bulk tanker emergencies
July 28, 2014 Hubbardston MA USA
Firefighters spray water on leaking propane tanker
Eight to 10 families in a sparsely populated half-mile radius were forced to evacuate their homes for much of the day Monday after a propane tanker rolled over in a crash at Routes 68 and 62, police said.
Roads in the area were reopened about 6 p.m., more than six hours after the accident occurred.
Public safety personnel went door-to-door to evacuate residents after the 11:22 a.m. two-vehicle crash, which seriously injured both drivers. Routes 68 and 62 were closed for about a mile from the crash in each direction.
A shelter was opened for evacuees at the Slade Building, 7 Main St. No one was at the shelter Monday afternoon. Town Administrator Anita Scheipers said a few people had come earlier, just to get updated information about what was going on.
The town sent out updates on the CodeRED emergency phone system.
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This Report is sourced from Don Johnston’s First Class Newsy Stuff. Ed
August 6, 2014 Chicago Illinois USA
Wednesday's acid leak on the South Side was more potential danger and a nuisance for motorists, but now city officials are still demanding answers.
Quality Carriers, the owner of the acid tanker, operates a sizable fleet of truck tractors and stainless steel trailers. The company is so big that it received a satisfactory government safety rating even though it has had more than 185 crashes the past two years; more than a dozen of them fatalities.
The company advertises as the largest bulk transportation company in North America, based in Tampa, Fla., with more than 4,100 trucks and 3,300 drivers who drove 220 million miles in 2012.
With that, many vehicles on the road every day, Quality Carriers has its share of wrecks, mishaps and federal inspection issues.
According to federal safety records reviewed by the I-Team from the past two years, Quality Carriers has been involved in 13 fatal crashes; 65 crashes where people were injured and 187 total crashes. The firm's federal safety rating satisfactory.
One recent federal safety violation in February found that Quality Carriers knowingly allowed an employee to operate a commercial motor vehicle even though they had lost their driver's license.
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The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year.
It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time. In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK's road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines.
The Department for Transport had originally pledged to let self-driving cars be trialled on public roads by the end of 2013.
Business Secretary Vince Cable revealed the details of the new plan at a research facility belonging to Mira, an automotive engineering firm based in the Midlands.
"Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society," he said.
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August 1, 2014 Hampton Court Virginia USA
The Fire Marshal's Office says diesel fuel continues to wash into the Hague during heavy rains following a spill in June by Hampton Roads Transit and that the transit agency is denying responsibility for the subsequent leakage.
An HRT spokesman said the agency took full responsibility for its June 27 spill and clean-up, and other sources may be to blame for the fuel that has since reached the Hague.
To support its position, HRT requested documentation from the Department of Environmental Quality regarding recent spills by other entities affecting the Hague and found "several" instances, including one on July 10 that created a sheen across the water's surface that measured 30 feet by 300 feet, said Tom Holden, the HRT spokesman.
On Monday, a representative from the Fire Marshal's Office filed for a search warrant as part of its investigation. The warrant said HRT "is currently refusing to cooperate any further, denying responsibility of the ongoing diesel fuel leaking into the Hague body of water from the storm water system."
The warrant said investigators needed to get a sample of HRT's diesel fuel to compare it with samples taken from The Hague.
Holden said the transit agency was happy to cooperate. He released a copy of a search consent form that an HRT representative signed on the same day a magistrate certified the search
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July 22, 2014 Ankara Turkey
Turkey's state-run news agency says a tanker truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, has overturned and exploded on a highway in southeast Turkey, killing one person and injuring at least 65 others.
The Anadolu Agency said the accident early Tuesday caused a large blast and a fireball that engulfed two passenger buses and other vehicles that were also traveling on the road near the town of Lice, some 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the city of Diyarbakir.
At least 20 people were seriously injured and one of them later died in hospital.
The private Dogan news agency said firefighters took two hours to bring the fire under control.
August 12 2014 Somerset MA USA
During training last Thursday, public safety personnel from both Somerset and Swansea were given a scenario in which there was an oil spill in the Lee's River and they had to contain it and get the pollutant out of the water.
To address the scenario, members of the Swansea and Somerset fire departments, the Swansea Emergency Management Agency and the Somerset harbourmaster set up a boom that would be used to keep the oil to an area in the water. Vacuum trucks to suction up the oil from the water were set up.
"The teamwork between the agencies was phenomenal," Swansea Fire Chief Peter Burke said. "It went very smoothly with all different agencies involved."
Peat moss was used to simulate oil and how the fuel would move in the water. Chief Burke said the public safety personnel were working under some difficult conditions with a stiff wind and current in the river. But he said it was good for them to be able to use the equipment and have a feel for it, in case a real spill occurs.
"We're trying to protect the environment, protect the economy," Chief Burke said.
Chief Burke said a diesel truck could tip over and cause such a spill.
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August 3 2014 Wooster, Ohio USA
State Route 30 westbound in Wooster could be closed up to 5 days after a multiple-vehicle accident near Firestone Road. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Sunday when a semi-truck rear-ended a fuel tanker truck.
Both trucks caught on fire and fuel was spilled on the roadway.
OSHP says the fuel tanker driver, 27-year-old Kenneth Kesner of Canton, was able to exit his truck and is uninjured.
The semi-truck driver, 22-year-old William Nobach of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, was ejected from the vehicle and remains in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center. ODOT, OSHP and multiple fire departments arrived on scene.
To read more and view a video
August 1, 2014 Spanish Fort, Alabama USA.
An 18-wheel fuel tanker overturned on an interstate entrance ramp late Wednesday night, resulting in an inferno which closed the elevated section of highway.
The incident occurred around midnight, according to Spanish Fort Police, on the US 90/98 Causeway entrance ramp to I-10 at exit 30. Emergency crews were on scene for hours battling the blaze and conducting debris removal.
The fire was reportedly so hot that it melted the steel chassis of the semi rig and the adjoining highway guardrail.
The driver escaped his cab and survived with only minor injuries, according to SFPD. He was identified later in the day as Carlos Antonio Lyles of Mobile.
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August 15,. 2014 Montville New Jersey
Hazardous materials crews were working Thursday to clean up at least 200 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into the Rockaway River.
The initial spill occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Montville Public Works building at 86 River Road, according to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson Larry Ragonese.
“Someone was filling a diesel tank at the municipal building, and it overfilled,” Ragonese said.
The Morris County HazMat Team determined more than 400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled when a Finch Fuel Oil delivery truck overfilled the Montville Township fuel station’s underground storage tank. DEP said the spill was “at least 200 gallons.”
“Heavy precipitation at the time washed some of the fuel oil into a storm drain and into the Rockaway River. Emergency Services and HazMat personnel from Montville, Parsippany and Morris County quickly contained the spill and deployed absorbent and containment booms at several locations downstream,” Montville Public Works Director John Perry said.
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August 17, 2014 Franklin Tennessee USA
A horrific tanker explosion early Friday morning in Franklin on Interstate 65 killed a truck driver, caused major damage to two highway bridges and snarled traffic for miles around Williamson County.
The explosion of a tanker that struck an overpass support beam engulfed the Peytonsville Road Bridge around 3:40 a.m.
The tanker was headed to Columbia from West Nashville with 9,000 gallons of gasoline when the wreck occurred, Franklin police said. The truck was driving at typical speeds, according to a Franklin Police Department release.
The driver's identity has not been released pending forensic test results.
Police temporarily closed I-65 in both directions from State Route 840 to Highway 96.
Franklin police spokesman Charles Warner called the scene of the explosion "truly horrific."
"It's kind of a worst-case scenario," he said
August 17, 2014 Riverdale California USA
A fuel tanker truck crashed and burst into flames early Sunday morning on Highway 41 near Riverdale, killing one person and injuring at least one other, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The crash involving the fuel tanker and a passenger vehicle was reported just before 5 a.m. on northbound Highway 41 near Harlan Avenue, just east of Riverdale.
The truck fire ignited brush along the roadside, prompting emergency crews to close the highway for several hours while they extinguished the flames and investigated the crash. Fresno County Environmental Health was also called to the scene.
Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/08/17/4074382/highway-41-near-riverdale-closed.html#storylink=cpy
August 22, 2014 UKRAINE
Burning fuel in Ukraine
A train carrying 35 tanks through Horodyshche in Cherkasy Oblast derailed triggering a major oil spill, with 11 tanks catching on fire.
The spill was discovered at 6:35 a.m., reports the State Emergencies Service. Crews cleaned up over 1,250 square meters of the territory and extinguished the fire by 11 a.m. with the help of 230 local emergency personnel and members of Ukraine’s State Emergencies Service.
Horodysche, home to 14,480 residents, was on high alert in the morning as the fire spread to neighbouring houses near the railway station. Around five fire units were sent to Horodyshche, located some 142 km from Kyiv, from the neighbouring Kirovohrad Oblast to extinguish it. Electricity and gas supply were cut in the morning of Aug. 22.
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August 15, 2014 Northern Ireland
Illegal fuel plant in County Armagh
About 15 tonnes of toxic waste have been discovered at an illegal fuel plant in the village of Meigh, County Armagh.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), accompanied by police, have removed the waste safely. They also seized 3,000 litres of fuel from the site.
The plant was discovered by HMRC officers when they searched industrial premises in the area on Thursday.
A man from County Armagh was arrested but has since been released on bail.
A HMRC spokesperson said the laundering operation was capable of producing nearly 13m litres of illicit fuel a year, and evading over £9m in duty and taxes.
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