A NEW way of dealing with acetylene incidents introduced by
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) last year had a
positive impact on operational staff and the public, according to a
review by the Service.
GMFRS dealt with seven acetylene-related incidents between April
16, 2012 when the new procedure was introduced, and the end of last
The new procedure allows for a quicker return to normality
following an incident by reducing the duration of a 200m cordon -
potentially after two hours.
Previously, this cordon could potentially be in place for up to
25 hours - resulting in large numbers of people being evacuated
from their homes and businesses, and causing significant disruption
to the public.
At all of the incidents dealt with since the new procedure was
introduced, the cordon has been reduced following a new two-hour
cooling and monitoring phase.
Station Manager Jim Collins, GMFRS' Hazardous Substances
Manager, said: "This has obvious benefits for local businesses and
the local community due to the incident now being resolved in
potentially two hours.
"In addition, GMFRS has benefited as resources were available
for other emergencies earlier due to the incidents being resolved
more quickly. In the majority of cases the incidents were closed
within 12 hours, with the acetylene being declared safe after the
two-hour cooling and monitoring phase.
"The disruption to the local community and businesses has been
greatly reduced without health and safety being compromised.
Overall this new procedure has had a positive impact on both GMFRS
employees and resources and also on the local community we