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Farnborough Waste Recycling Centre Drencher Activation
March 9 @ 12:32 am - 3:00 am
image credit Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
- Fire Rescue Service; Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
- Incident; Fire
- When; 9 March 2023
- Time of call; 00:32
- Where, Farnborough
- Occupancy; Waste Recycling Centre
- Automatic fire suppression System; Drencher Sprinkler System
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have reported the following fire at a waste management and recycling centre
- On arrival crews identified that approximately 20 tonnes of household waste was alight
- Contained within a single-story warehouse 32m x 37m
- The fire had been contained/controlled by the actuation of the premises drencher Sprinkler System
- Operational crews were committed wearing breathing apparatus crews using hose reels, jets to extinguish the fire.
- The onsite mechanical digger which was used to turn over the burning waste.
- It is reported that crews left the incident 03:00
Dangers, implications of waste fires
Often difficult to extinguish, requiring multiple fire rescue services resources for long periods of time. The impact of these fires may be short term or long-term including.
- Public health impacts on responders and communities
- The public being evacuated or sheltering in place.
- Environmental impacts
- Pollution of surface and groundwater
- Road closures
- High demand on fire and rescue services and other agency resources
- Large-scale financial losses and disruption
Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS)
- The benefits of suppression containing/controlling these fires should not be under-estimated.
- Reducing the volume of fire water run-off which in the quantities likely from FRS innervation is an environmental threat which the Environment agency takes seriously sprinkler waste fires
- The benefits of suppression were clearly demonstrated following a similar incident involving a Biffa Waste Plant fire.
- Promoted in a video released by Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service/Biffa supporting the benefits of suppression saving the entire facility.
- BAFSA, Sprinkler Saves Annual Review
- BAFSA Information File No 25 Fire Suppression Systems for the waste management industry
- Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
- Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service/Biffa Promotion Video