On 1.20.2010 at 1:29 PM, the Red Wing Fire Department received a call reporting an equipment
fire at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant.
Firefighter/paramedics were on the scene approximately 17 minutes after receiving the call.
Actions taken by the on-site fire brigade extinguished the fire prior to arrival. The fire re-ignited a
short time later and was extinguished through the combined efforts of firefighters from the Red
Wing Fire Department and the on-site fire brigade.
The fire occurred when an engine component on a large diesel generator failed during routine
testing, causing motor oil to be released and spontaneously ignite.
The Red Wing Fire Department utilized the Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) technology
and Class B, flammable liquids foam capability incorporated its newest fire apparatus to
extinguish the fire, suppress vapors and prevent re-ignition of superheated motor oil.
Apparatus used on the scene included 2 fire engines and 1ambulance. A total of 10 full-time
firefighters worked at the scene for approximately 1-1/2 hours. There were no injuries.
The Red Wing Fire Department was informed that the fire posed no hazard to the public and the
plant did not shut down. Plant personnel notified state, local and tribal governments, emergency
services agencies and Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel.
“Firefighters from Red Wing and PINGP worked together to ensure the fire was extinguished
safely”, said Fire Chief, Tom Schneider. “Although this was a relatively minor event, today’s
response to PINGP is a reminder of the importance of ongoing emergency planning, emergency
preparedness and long term public safety planning for the Red Wing community.”
The mission of the Red Wing Fire Department is to enhance the safety and security of the
community by providing cost effective protection of life and property, through fire prevention,
public education, fire suppression and emergency medical care.
Tom Schneider, Fire Chief
Red Wing Fire Department