Derbyshire recycling plant: 12th July 2015

Successful suppression activation at Alfreton recycling plant: 12th July 2015

At 00:48 on Sunday 12th July 2015 Derbyshire F&RS received a call to a fire in the main waste processing area at a recycling plant in Somercotes, Alfreton,

The waste transfer building is a single storey brick and metal clad structure about80n x 30m dimensions, used for the storage of ‘recyclable bulky waste’ and ‘brown waste’ prior to it being relocated to the appropriate recycling centres, turned into renewable fuel or onward disposal.

The fire was initially controlled by two heads on a wet pipe sprinkler system and the operation of two fixed water monitors, fed from a static tank through a 50mm connection.

Derbyshire FRS deployed 4 Water Ladders, 1 ALP, 1 BA Support Pod and 3 Officers whilst 2 BA wearers were in continuous use (total of 10 wearers), 1 main jet and 2 on-site water cannons got to work.

The fire was finally extinguished at 04:22 hours with between 21m ² to 50 m² fire damage being recorded.

The outcome from this fire is in stark contrast to one at a Northamptonshire recycling facility on the following weekend:

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