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Must see video: Firefighters in WA accidentally add fuel to the fire instead of water.

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The Washington State Patrol is investigating a mishap during fire training by the Port of Seattle FIre Departmernt at a state facility on October 25 that left two firefighters with minor burns. KING-TV obtained video of the incident and broadcast it yesterday showing what happens when jet fuel is used to extinguish a mock aircraft fire instead of water.

Chris Ingalls, KING-TV:

During a training exercise, firefighters mistakenly pumped jet fuel instead of water onto a flaming mock-up of an airplane crash.

“When the firefighters put water on a fire that had been deliberately developed for training the fire got bigger instead of smaller,” said Bob Calkins of the State Patrol, which is investigating the incident.

WA state training fire goes bad

Calkins said investigators believe that the academy’s oil/water separator – which recycles the water used for fire training exercises – did not correctly filter the jet fuel used for the exercise from the reclaimed water.


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  • Sharppointy1

    Serious big fat OOOPS.  Glad no one was badly hurt or worse.

  • Anonymous

    Perhpas relying on a mechanical device to keep fuel out of the water supply, probably installed at the insistence of some environmental lobby, is simply a really stupid idea.

  • Anonymous

    the "TOO HOT TO HANDLE" pun was horrible -__-

  • firefighter

    That system has NEVER worked well. there have been many times I was up there on training fires and we could not use the water from the hydrants because the oil water separaters were not working correctly. the water from the hydrants always smell like fuel. this has been the same from the day the ARFF prop opened. 

  • Scott

    Yes, I am a FF, but don't understand how this happened.  Couldn't see the truck the fuel/water was coming from, was it a special type apparatus for airport use or training?

    Or is it a normal airport truck that got contaminated water from it's water source?

  • AA

    Scott – there was jet fuel used to fuel the fire in the prop.  Water (and in this case, a water/fuel mixture) from the prop is processed through a fuel/oil/water separator, which then is SUPPOSED to return "clean" water to the recycled water supply, which feeds the hydrants for the prop – the water did not come from a tanker, which seems to be the misunderstanding here.  In this case, the separator did not work correctly, and returned a fuel/water mix to the water supply system… which was then pumped to the hydrants, into the pumps, and ultimately onto the fire.  It could have been a lot worse… luckily it wasn't.

  • Scott

    Thanks AA, I understand better. Dave, keep us posted on this if you see any further on the investigation.