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No more flight deck - Thursday & Friday, February 22nd & 23rd (LAS)


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I taught classes this morning on bloodborne pathogens and confined spaces before meeting up with everyone who was working the tear down of the flight deck.  We started outside at about 0900 and worked the entire day draining fuel lines, breaking connections, pumping out systems, and rolling up the fuel line from the flight deck all the way behind the station over to the fuel arch.  We put a huge roll on the forks of a truck and used 6 people at a time to spin the roll – it was a huge physical workout and the entire effort took 1.5 days and 1 scary moment for me.

The only story of interest (beyond that it was the most physical work that I have done here outside for 2 days in a row) is that on Friday morning, the heater didn’t get delivered to the Rupp Shack to heat up the pump that we need to drain the lines before our working crew was ready to roll pipe.  I was in the pump house trying to adjust the heater to warm the pump and get it ready to go as soon as possible.  While I was behind the pump, I heard the sounds of gushing water (like a fountain).  I looked over the pump (the pump stands about 4.5ft high) and saw a fountain of fuel spouting from seomwhere on the other side of the pump.  I shouted into the radio “Stop! Stop! Stop!”.  Tim, the forktruck operator for the operation replied, “What’s wrong Lynette?”  I responded, “I don’t know, yet, but it looks like we blew a valve.”  The entire crew apparently took off running towards me and Tim asked if I got fuel on me and if I was ok.   I assured him I was as I ran out to shut valves leading into the shack. 

As it turns out, it was just the pressure release valve on the pump itself.  Everyone’s first thought was that it was one of the main feeder lines.  Luckily, everything was contained within the shack and there were no discharges to the ice (all spills are regulated here, regardless of volume).  We were able to clean it up fairly quickly and the pump was soon ready to run.  We drained the line and rolled the rest of the line without incident.

-LAS

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