Sample Case Study on Fire and Emergency Services

Fire and Emergency Services

Major Issues

 Based on our case, it is clear that the cylinder involved in the incident was the 2216-psi cylinder. The cylinder is surrounded with carbon that is similar to other psi cylinders. The cylinder did not allow much space for pressure adjustments. This led to the probable bursts of the disc. There are various major issues related to SCBA’s due to the bursting of the 2216 psi bottles. First, there is a question of the obsolescence of the 2216-psi bottles. The personnel should ensure that the psi bottles being used are standard and current to avoid any risks of valve breakage. This seeks to ensure that the paint of the bottles and regular adjustments of the valve assembly complies with the current standards and regulations. Another problem associated with the breaking of the main valves in causing injury to the firefighter and other personnel in the facilities (Schön, 2015). The personnel should be cautious with the valves to avoid severe injuries. Moreover, the incident could lead to electrical failures in the systems. It is usually difficult to understand the nature of electric failures in various equipments. Thus, this problem is difficult to handle considering the complex nature of the equipment’s electrical systems and processes.

Potential Solutions

One potential solution to the injuries of the personnel is wearing protective gears while performing the shift changes. This is because during the shift change process, anything could occur causing injuries to the personnel (Schön, 2015). The main advantage of wearing protective gears is that they protect individuals from injury, and other risks in the setting. However, it will be very costly to purchase protective gears for individuals. Thus, the organization could target the purchase of few protective gears for individuals involved in the shift changes. The line managers should develop warnings and caution messages and procedures guide people from interfering with the equipment processes. I also think that the 2216-psi cylinders should have been placed in the circulation field. Not all, the suppression personnel should have been directed on the type of cylinder fitting to avoid such incident.

In addition, the supervisors and line managers should make sure that all obsolete psi bottles are replaced with new ones. This helps in upholding the interest of standardizing all SCB bottle in firefighting applications. For example, some of the systems require the replacement of 2216 with 4500-psi bottles to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. The replacement of obsolete 2216-psi bottle is one of suitable solutions, as it would improve the efficiency of the equipments as well as protect the welfare of the workers. Moreover, it is prudent to employ qualified electrical technicians and engineers to conduct regular evaluation of the main valve assembly and other significant parts of the process. This would provide direct solutions in tackling the problem of unexpected raptures and bursts to the 2216-psi bottles.

Recommendations

            In summary, I would recommend proper training and directing of the suppression personnel on the appropriate type of cylinder to use in resolving the inherent problem. It is very important for the suppression personnel to perform relevant regular evaluation and assessment of the systems. It very is clear to employ qualified electrical technicians and engineers to conduct regular evaluation of the main valve assembly and other significant parts of the process. Therefore, the suppression personnel should have been directed on the type of cylinder fitting to avoid such incident.

References

Schön, H. (2015). Compressed Gas Cylinders. In Handbook of Purified Gases (pp. 143-153). London, UK: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.