The fire brigades and other emergency response organizations (regional safety advisors, medical advisors, regional emergency desks, etc.) use protocol sheets to provide very condensed information about hazardous substances and first instructions for any field commander what to do at arrival at the scene of any incident. For LNG, being rapidly introduced into the market, such protocol sheets were not available and it was the purpose of this sub-activity to develop and distribute such sheets.
To cover the many different environments where LNG is acting, a series of six protocol sheets has been developed, covering the following subjects:
- general procedures;
- LNG as fuel;
- Loading and offloading of LNG;
- LNG bunker station;
- LNG refuelling station;
- tanker trailers for LNG.
The protocol sheets have been proposed by a range of experts who subsequently discussed them in detail with the different stakeholders. This feedback has been incorporated in the documents as well as the experience gained during several actual field trials. They are perceived now as a good set of documents to guide the first approach of the emergency response teams to any LNG incident and therefore have been approved by the Board of the National Fire Brigade for implementation.
The IFV (Institute for Physical Safety) has the task to maintain these protocol sheets over time and to ensure that the latest insights in LNG incidents response are continuously incorporated.
The results of the development of LNG protocol sheets for fire brigade are available at the IFV’s website:
Incident management Guidelines LNG [in English]
Protocolkaarten incidentbestrijding LNG [in Dutch]