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Above Ground Bulk Storage Tank Emergencies, Second Edition



Above Ground Bulk Storage Tank Emergencies, Second Edition is designed to provide public safety and industry emergency response personnel with the background information, general procedures, and response guidelines to be followed when operating at incidents involving bulk storage tanks and facilities. Textbook information will assist the user in meeting the knowledge requirements outlined in NFPA 472, Chapter 16 – Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage Specialty.

The Second Edition contains comprehensive content covering:

  • Tactical response guidelines on how to size up specific types of storage tank fires, evaluate their hazards and risks, and handle various types of tank emergencies
  • How to apply the incident management system at a petroleum storage tank emergency, with a focus on the primary responding agencies and reinforcing strategic and tactical decision-making
  • Vital foundational knowledge on firefighting foams and establishing a water supply, so that firefighters can safely protect exposures and perform effective fire suppression
  • Tank design and construction features for:
    • Fixed (cone and dome) roof tanks
    • Open (external) floating roof tanks
    • Covered (internal) floating
    • Roof tanks
    • Vertical low-pressure storage tanks
    • Horizontal low pressure
    • Storage tanks
  • The codes, standards, and regulations that govern above ground storage tanks

Above Ground Bulk Storage Tank Emergencies, Second Edition features include:

  • Knowledge objectives correlated to NFPA 472, Chapter 16: Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage Specialty to assist in instruction.
  • Key Terms, Case Studies, and Chapter Summaries to enhance comprehension of the material.


  • Chapter_1  Objectives and Overview of Storage Tanks
  • Chapter_2  Codes, Standards, and Regulations
  • Chapter_3  Tank Design and Construction Features
  • Chapter_4  Fireground Operations
  • Chapter_5  Firefighting Foam and Water Supply Requirements
  • Chapter_6  Tactical Response Guidelines

About the Author

Greg Noll and Mike Hildebrand have more than 40 years of experience in industry and government. They have served as firefighters, hazardous materials technicians, incident commanders, and instructors. Greg and Mike are the co-founders of Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in emergency planning and response. Their experience and expertise include hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, and operations security (OPSEC). They are both Certified Safety Professionals and serve on the NFPA 472 Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response. In addition, they are recipients of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) John M. Eversole Lifetime Achievement Award for their leadership and contributions to further enhance the hazardous materials emergency response profession.

Additional information

Weight 0.625 lbs
Dimensions 8.4 × 0.2 × 10.8 in
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