The Investigation Of The Fire Protection Association And U.s.

1622 Words Feb 17th, 2016 7 Pages
On April 17, 2013, the citizens of West, Texas were shaken when a fertilizer plant exploded with a force equivalent to ten tons of TNT (McLaughlin). Unfortunately, the investigation of the blast yielded more questions than answers as the analysts were unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire that eventually lead to the massive explosion. The disastrous event claimed the lives of fifteen people, injured two-hundred and caused damage to over three-hundred homes (McLaughlin). Of the fifteen killed, eleven were brave firefighters struggling to extinguish the blaze at the time of the explosion. CNN reporter Eliott C. McLaughlin states, “The probe said guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association and U.S. Department of Transportation recommend that firefighters evacuate the area surrounding ‘massive’ ammonium nitrate fires and that the area be doused with water ‘from a distance.’” He goes on to explain how the terms “massive” and “from a distance” are too vague to covey any worthwhile information in a real world situation (McLaughlin). Due to the lack of communication and vague guidelines regarding safety measures during a chemical fire, eleven brave firefighters lost their lives. Having the necessary communication skills will go a long way in keeping my future coworkers, and myself, out of harm’s way. Additionally, the ability to effectively communicate is a skill that chemical Engineers must possess in order to be successful. Chemical engineers must…

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