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Scotland: Crews used Cobra to punch through the walls of a steel silo to extinguish hot spots

Firefighters have extinguished a large fire in an industrial silo with help from the latest in firefighting technology.

In late November, firefighters from Foyers, Scotland, have extinguished a large fire in an industrial silo with help from the latest in firefighting technology. The silo located at Cromarty Firth Industrial Estate in Invergordon, contained more than 14,000 tonnes of wooden pellets.

The incident marks one of the first times crews from Foyers have used the Cobra. It was one of the 40 units delivered in 2018 and just recently introduced to the fire service.

The firefighters used Cobra to safely cut a hole through the 20mm steel wall of the silo – injecting water straight into burning embers buried under tonnes of material and halting the spread of the fire.

The use of the Cobra helped the crews to safely get to fire and large hotspots that were otherwise completely inaccessible – eliminating the need for crews to dig through burning materials to reach the smouldering pellets and preventing further fire spread.

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