The team from Orica Chemicals at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, has been involved in a great initiative to reuse some of their decommissioned metal tanks that would typically be disposed of as scrap metal.
The tanks are being donated to the New Zealand Fire Service to assist with training needs. Kirk Teesdale, graduate mechanical engineer, said the service was in the process of extending its national training centre in Rotorua.
"The purpose of the training centre is to provide a realistic training scenario to simulate real emergency incidents they would attend," he said.
"The Fire Service approached Orica asking if we had any available tanks they could use for chemical incidents and confined space training."
"A total of five tanks are being donated, four from a decommissioned ammonia site in Auckland and one from a customer's site."
"All career fire-fighters from New Zealand undergo training at this centre as well as more than 300 volunteer firefighters who attend a recruit training course."
The project has not only stopped tonnes of metal being sent to scrap, but has also benefited the local community and saved the NZ Fire Service the cost of purchasing tanks - a truly sustainable outcome.