Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Major emergency response contract
Published:  12 January, 2018

Tees-based organisation announces multi-million-pound agreement to protect the new Sirius Minerals Mine project in North Yorkshire, UK.

CFB Risk Management will provide 24/7 integrated preparedness and response services across all of the project’s locations, protecting assets, equipment, workforce and the local community during the five-year construction period and when the project becomes operational. 

CFB managing director Ian Hayton said it was the organisation's biggest contract to date and a massive vote of confidence in its technical expertise, innovative approach and highly professional and skilled workforce.

As a result, additional highly skilled emergency management and security professionals have now joined CFB Risk Management’s growing workforce, bringing the current team of permanent employees to around 100. Staff have all undergone specialised training to meet the particular challenges of dealing with emergencies in a mining environment and ensuring the round-the-clock safety of the workforces employed by both Sirius and the project’s contractors.

The UK’s first new sub-surface mine development for 40 years is already under construction near Whitby, England. The project will produce an initial 10m tonnes each year of polyhalite, a highly effective fertiliser to be marketed as POLY4. 

‘There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our staff,’ said Nigel Chapman, head of health and safety at Sirius Minerals. ‘We needed to partner with someone who was capable of delivering world-class safety and security procedures and rigorous emergency protocols and was capable of applying them to the unique challenges of a deep mine.

‘The fact that we managed to find this expertise locally on Teesside with CFB Risk Management is a huge bonus, as we are committed to ensuring that local people share in the economic benefits from the project as much as possible.’

CFB Risk Management already provides integrated security and emergency management services to blue-chip companies that include Ineos Nitriles (UK), BP,  Navigator Terminals (Vopak) and Venator (Huntsman).  With a recently established office in Abu Dhabi it is winning contracts in the Middle East as well as across the UK and Europe. Its services include technical consultancy and fire engineering, emergency planning, training and exercising, integrated security and emergency management.