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Use of specialised firefighting techniques and equipment at fires involving Waste Recycling


Cold Fire was used to reduce time spent at Waste Recycling Fire

We were asked to attended and assist NFRS (Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service) during a waste recycling fire in Wellingborough. This fire involved 400 tonnes of RDF (Refuse Derived Fuels) bales, numerous vehicles (including HGVs), 3 x refuse baling machines and 2 x asbestos roof buildings.

The East Midlands mainline railway was closed due to its proximity next to the site and smoke drifting across the line. The site posed further environmental concerns due to the River Ise running close to the site. Due to the continued use of large volumes of water, NFRS needed a more effective way of extinguishing this site and called on Cold Fire.

Cold Fire was used at just 0.25% mixed with water. A spokesperson for NFRS said, “the use of Cold Fire additive as a wetting agent at this incident proved to be very efficient and significantly reduced the time Fire and Rescue Service were on site.” Please click on the link to read the Operational Case Study by NFRS.