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The entry team deconning after returning.
The entry team deconning after returning.
Vancouver Fire HazMat team assists with chemical mixture (Photo) - 10/04/22

The Vancouver Fire Department responded with three engines, a ladder truck and members of the Hazardous Materials team to 1701 W. 16th St, Northwest Packing, for the report of inhalation exposure to several employees. The potential exposure was caused by two acids being accidently combined in the same storage container. Twelve employees who were in the area of the vapor release evacuated outside where they were evaluated by American Medical Response paramedics. All employees refused transport. The VFD HazMat team donned Level A chemical suits and entered the structure to check for excessive heat of the combined chemicals, ensure the integrity of the container, and to shut down several plant operations that could not safely continue unmanned. A total of 17 fire department personnel were on scene to mitigate the situation.

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