My name is Vince Atkins and I was one of the Tank Force Firefighters called to the scene the night of the incident at Colonial Pipeline, Greensboro, NC.
We read your article and praise for the job we did in our local paper. I’ve read your articles for years and respect your knowledge and dedication to flammable liquid fire fighting.
I was telling the guys today as they read your article that there were only two people in the world who could give our Task Force the greatest praise. One of those individuals would be Dwight Williams’ and the other would be David White. I would challenge anyone to find a person more knowledgeable about this discipline than you guys.
We would like to thank you so very much for your kind words
James Vincent Atkins
Fire Equipment Operator, Greensboro Fire Department Foam Task Force
To read what David White had to say about the firefighters responding to the Greensboro fire, follow this link.
GREENSBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT EXTINGUISHES TANK FIRE FOR COLONIAL PIPELINE
Apparent Lightning Strike Hits Gasoline Storage Tank
GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2010) – A Colonial Pipeline tank containing gasoline caught fire early Sunday after it apparently was struck by lightning. The Greensboro Fire Department extinguished the fire and protected other nearby tanks from becoming involved.
There were no injuries and no evacuations were required, fire officials said. Traffic on Interstate 40, which runs alongside the tank farm, was interrupted while firefighters responded to the event. I-40 has since been reopened.
Colonial safely shut down its operations and pumped gasoline out of the involved tank to help the firefighting effort. Greensboro firefighters, who used foam to extinguish the fire, remained on scene to ensure there were no additional flare-ups and are in the process of winding down their response operations.
“We are relieved that no one was injured during this emergency,” Colonial CEO Tim Felt said. “And we deeply appreciate the Greensboro Fire Department for their quick and professional response. As we have come to learn during frequent drills at our Greensboro facility, they are outstanding.”
The impacted tank had a capacity of 43,000 barrels and was about half full when the fire started. Local and state officials were on site to monitor air quality and to ensure there was no risk to the surrounding community.
The majority of normal operations are resuming at the Greensboro facility as safety checks are completed. This early morning incident is not expected to disrupt fuel supplies in the Greensboro area or elsewhere.
Colonial Pipeline delivers an average of 100 million gallons a day to markets across the Southern and Eastern U.S. Colonial transports refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel and fuels for the U.S. military. Its pipeline system originates in the Houston area and ends at the New York harbor.