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Hazmats keep fireys busy overnight

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Vehicle / Rescue / Hazmat

  10.35 AM 12 June, 2014


Location: District 7 News, District 9 News

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CFA crews were kept busy overnight after two separate hazmat incidents in the state’s south. 

In Leongatha, 10 CFA trucks from Wonthaggi, Morwell, Traralgon, Korumburra, Mirboo North, Leongatha and Ruby were called to a factory on the Strzelecki Highway after being alerted to a minor leak at about 7.45pm on Wednesday 11 June.

CFA District 9 RDO David Chugg said crews contained the small amount of hydrochloric acid  to one room.

“The incident was caused by the fire protection system sprinklers which went off in an area of the plant and alerted the brigades,” he said.

“As a precaution, two CFA firefighters wore splash suits (protective clothing) and breathing apparatus while they investigated the leak and cleaned up the area with assistance from Murray Goulburn staff,” he said.

No one was evacuated or injured during the incident, and the plant continued to operate as normal.

“Crews and staff did a great job to respond so quickly and it was under control within the hour,” he said.

In a separate incident in Geelong, nine CFA trucks from Corio, Belmont and Geelong were called to the St John of God Hospital at about 7.25pm.

Seven people were evacuated from the fourth floor while crews investigated the source of a vapour release in a sterilisation unit.

Crews wore breathing apparatus and used hazmat detection equipment but could not detect any hazardous material or fire.

The incident was quickly brought under control and deemed safe by 8.40pm. 

Last Updated: 12 June 2014