Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Early Morning HazMat Incident in Richmond

At 0545 on July 13th, 2010, Richmond Fire units were dispatched to the city’s Wastewater Treatment facility where an employee complained of a hazardous materials release. Engine 13, Engine 6, Rescue 3, HazMat 3, Safety 2, and Battalion Chiefs 1 and 2 responded to the incident. Rescue 3 and HazMat 3 arrived on-scene to find the complainant who informed the units of a Sulfur Dioxide leak. The RFD's HazMat team began the process of medical monitoring and information gathering as units from the Henrico HatMat team were added to the call. Shortly after 0700, Richmond's HazMat team made entry into the area and discovered four railcars and several one-ton cylinders in the area were the leak was reported. The entry team shut off a valve leading to the leak as other members continued to monitor the area. The facility was reopened and all units cleared shortly before noon.