Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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57 Spring 2015 Proceedings Two For the Price of One Most strike team cases are either oil or chemical responses — the Winchester tire fire was both. By the next day, toxic smoke rose up more than 4,500 feet into the sky and drifted over parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Soon after, hot, greenish, 30-weight motor oil began fowing. Mr. Massey contacted the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to request the team provide air monitoring for the large tire fre. Responders set up an incident command center approxi- mately one mile from the fre and began digging trenches to direct the oil fow toward a man-made collection pond, where pumps would transfer the hot oil to a temporary storage device. AST personnel also deployed a containment boom in the small creek that led from the pond to contain runoff. Major Issues With the immediate danger now contained, responders identifed three major issues, as the team began working near the fre: 1. Intense heat could be felt from as far away as 1,000 feet. 2. Smoke created blind spots. 3. Oil in the containment pond could reignite. To combat these, the safety team required that responders work in two-man teams and brought in an airport fre truck to layer foam on the pond. Ain't no Fire Like a Tarr Fire As the fre response grew, so did the media coverage. As the community learned more about what was happening, a local church displayed the following message on the church- yard sign: "Ain't no Fire Like a Tarr Fire." The sign made national news, and was unfortunately prophetic. That's a Lot of Oil A National Strike Force Superfund response. by Mr. dAle r. HeMenWAy Preparedness Specialist National Strike Force Coordination Center Mr. JAMeS W. Snyder Preparedness Specialist National Strike Force Coordination Center HAZMAT Response Burning tires are a major concern for respond- ers since they can produce up to a gallon of oil per tire. This is what LCDR Klaus Adie, Atlantic Strike Team (AST) executive officer, advised Tom Massey, the Environmental Protection Agency's federal on-scene coordinator, on the evening of October 31, 1983, after a large fire broke out near Winchester, Virginia. Records indicated between 5 to 7 million tires were on location — that's a lot of oil. ramzihachicho / iStock / Thinkstock

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