Grain dryer fire at farm at Dunmore, near Falkirk

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Appliances from Falkirk and Larbert were first in attendance


Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews worked through the night on Friday into Saturday to extinguish a large fire at a farm at Dunmore, near Falkirk.

The operations control room at Maddiston received the initial call at 7.50pm on Friday (25 September 2015) reporting the fire, and appliances were immediately dispatched from Falkirk and Larbert community fire stations.

The officer in charge of this first attendance quickly assessed the situation and requested additional resources including a water carrier and additional pumping appliances. In total, around 40 firefighters attended the incident, with an Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) and an aerial ladder platform also called to the scene.

The deep seated fire involved a large agricultural grain dryer which was well alight, with flames impinging on a 5000 litre diesel tank.

SFRS Station Manager Richard Norman, who was at the scene, said: “Fires in grain dryers are notoriously difficult to deal with due to their internal workings and the fact they are full of packed grain which doesn’t allow water to flow through easily.

“The large diesel tank next to the grain dryer was also involved which increased the risk of fire spread in the early stages of the incident.

“Due to the limited availability of water, we used a water carrying vehicle and set up a water-relay from nearby Dunmore Village. We attacked the fire initially using ground monitors (hoses fixed to the ground) before switching to main jets and utilising the aerial ladder platform to fight the fire from above.

“Once the fire had been brought under control we maintained a one pump presence to dampen the area down and deal with any remaining small pockets of fire within the dryer.”

He added: “This was a long and arduous job for our crews who performed admirably, with their actions preventing the risk of fire spread to nearby buildings containing a large quantity of high quality grain.”

The last appliance did not leave the scene until 11.20am on the Saturday (26 September 2015).