Gasoline Tanks and Storage Tanks
Gasoline tanks and storage tanks are part of motor vehicles that are used to transport gasoline over public and private roads. They vary in capacity, but large trucks generally can carry from 5,500 to 11,600 gallons of fuel. Naturally, if there’s an accident and a spill occurs, a gasoline tank truck emergency with that amount of volatile fuel is truly dangerous, requiring a specific set of guidelines and procedures to battle potential blazes and clean up afterward.
A tank truck is typically a cylindrical tank that lies horizontally on a vehicle, usually in a container made of stainless steel, carbon steel or aluminum. They are used to transport gasoline to service stations and industrial operations. Some trucks offer different compartments, so they can transport different grades of gasoline in one trip to various service stations.
While a good deal of fuel is transported by pipelines and trains, taking volatile substances over the public roads for at least part of its journey from refinery to consumer is a large part of fuel transportation. Despite every precaution, road accidents are frequent, and when a gasoline tank truck emergency occurs, there’s plenty of room for environmental problems and blazes that are intensely hot. That’s why having the proper guidelines and procedures in place is vitally important to firefighters and other emergency responders in gasoline tank truck emergency situations.
Mike Hildebrand and Greg Noll’s “Gasoline Tank Truck Emergencies: Guidelines & Procedures” is the second edition of this bible of gasoline tanks and storage tanks firefighting. This comprehensive book provides background information, general procedures and response guidelines for fire crews responding to incidents involving MC-306/DOT 406 cargo tank trucks, the most common on the road.
The book is a must for any firefighter that responds to emergencies on major and local roads. It includes information on incident management procedures, site safety considerations, methods of product transfer and vehicle uprighting considerations. There are more than 23 updated figures, photos, art and checklists in this vital book.
As long as fuel is being transported on the road, there will be a need for firefighters and other emergency responders to understand the potential dangers and hazards at the scene. This is the book that covers every aspect of gasoline tank truck emergency response.
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