Explosive fire with battlefield characteristics: A serious fire in a factory used for the recycling of batteries required a multi-agency approach and a three day commitment from West Midlands Fire Service to bring to a conclusion, reports ACO.(Operational Assurance)(G & P batteries suffered a fire during the night of 25th March)(Assistant Chief Officer)


THE FIRE STARTED AT 1900 N Tuesday, March 25, shortly after the employees left the G&P Batteries premises. The fire involved a range of battery type and quantities: 15 tons nickel cadmium, 20 tons nickel hydride, 100 tons alkaline and 50 tons of lithium.

The first crews to arrive were faced with a rapidly developing fire that was spreading within the industrial unit and threatening an adjacent open timber yard which was the size of a football pitch. Attendance was quickly increased to 14 fire engines with the support of two aerial platforms, support pumps and a range of specialist equipment. A defensive position was then established with the objective of preventing fire spread. …

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