At 2:42 pm, Engine 574, 572, Truck and Rescue 57 were dispatched to assist Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company on a silo fire on Pencroft Drive North in Martic Township. RVFC Chief Officers arrived with an old oxygen limiting (Harvestore) silo that was converted into a dust bin on fire. The bin contained large wood shavings from the wood working business.
Engine 581 laid a supply line in and Tanker 58 set up a nurse tanker operation for supply. Truck 57 set up and utilized the cellar nozzle to put water into the bin to help extinguish the fire and lessen the chance of a dust explosion. Rescue 57 and Engine 574’s crew assisted at the scene with removing the wood shavings from the bin. Engine 572 set up a fill site at Station 58. Tanker 57 was also requested to the scene and assisted in the water supply operation.
Dust bin fires can be very dangerous due to the possibility of an uncontrolled dust explosion and fire. At this incident, the command officers and firefighters realized the potential and made sure that we slowed down and followed all protocols for this type of incident, resulting in the fire being extinguished with little to no damage to the structure (or the firefighters). This is what is called a high risk, low frequency incident.
Engine 51-1 from Bart Twp. FC transferred to our station while we operated on this incident.