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    Channel Tunnel Fire

    Multiple failures were determined to be the cause of the disaster on the cros-channel train in this BBC Disaster Series safety training video.


    On the Eurochannel Shuttle in 1996, at the French-end of the Channel Tunnel, for an as-yet-unexplained reason, a fire broke-out beneath a lorry onboard one of the open-sided shuttle rigs, but it remained unnoticed until much later.

    34 people were trapped as fire spread throughout the carriages. Fire officers had maintained that the open-sided design of the carriages would prove dangerous.

    The Channel Authority pinpointed failure of management. Other failures were found in the emergency systems. Staff in the Rail Control Centre (RCC) became overloaded with the demands of existing emergency communication and control systems, and covered some, but not all, of the demands. Delays in the availability of otherwise very responsive emergency crews from both France and the UK occurred.

    450 fire fighters worked for six hours to get the blaze under control. The overall cost – apart from the community losses – was estimated at US$313 million.

    Location: France.

    Training Applications:

    • Safety design issues related to underground railways
    • Handling and transport of dangerous goods
    • Emergency procedures
    • Safety and rescue systems
    • Crew resourcing
    • Contractor and subcontractor issues
    • Transport controls
    • Management decision making – operational profit vs. safety considerations
    • Training and accreditation issues

    BBC Disaster Series:
    The 11-part BBC Disaster Series examines case studies of major disasters from around the world from various industries, such as oil and gas, transport, aviation, aeronautics and space, chemical manufacturing and hospitality. Read more

    Contents of the package:
    CD with the following support material:

    • Facilitator’s Guide, including Facilitator’s Checklist
    • Facilitator’s Slide Guide
    • Participants’ Handouts
    • MS PowerPoint presentation.

    Other DVDs in the Series:

    Spiral to Disaster: Piper Alpha Training Package

    Crash in the Dark: The Severn Tunnel Train Crash

    Unflyable Plane Training Package

    Cut Price Tragedy Training Package

    Major Malfunction Training Package

    Kansas City - Death by Design Training Package

    Wrong Stuff Training Package

    Piper Alpha: Human Price of Oil Training Package

    Kings Cross: Beneath the Flames Training Package


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    Country of production: United Kingdom  
    Duration: 30 minutes  

    Channel Tunnel Fire Facilitator's Guide sample
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