Explosion near-miss for Buckinghamshire firefighters: what appeared to be a 'routine' workshop fire at a farm turned into a timely reminder for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority--and perhaps the whole of the UK Fire Service--when an acetylene cylinder exploded and flew 30 metres while two firefighters were working nearby.(Incident Report)

THE INCIDENT, AT BENCOMBE FARM, Marlow Bottom, coincided with the publication of the new Fire Service Circular providing additional guidance and support from the British Compressed Gas Association for incidents involving gas cylinders.

The first of many calls to a 'workshop alight' came in shortly after 0700. Two pumps were mobilised in accordance with our pre-determined attendance (PDA) and within minutes a third joined them. On arrival the incident commander discovered a farm building measuring about 25 x 15 metres, heavily involved in fire at one end, a running fuel fire threatening a further building, inadequate water supplies and an unknown quantity of acetylene cylinders!

Two minutes after the first impression message a water carrier and a further pump were also requested, then a brief informative message was sent followed by a request for a turntable ladder. …

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