Chlorine Leak Leads To Evacuation In Madison Industrial ParkAug 22nd, 2013 | By Jacob | Category: Community News, Front Page
Two city employees were transported to hospitals and two firefighters were treated and released on scene following a chlorine gas leak yesterday at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. Emergency officials ordered the evacuation of nearby businesses. Meanwhile, city Police and Sheriff’s deputies blocked general traffic from using Harvey Greene Drive. Madison firefighters shut off the leaking chlorine device and monitored a plume of chlorine gas made unpredictable by the afternoon wind. City Wastewater Superintendent Stan McCreary was transported by Madison County EMS to Madison County Hospital. City Wastewater employee Delmonie Thomas was taken directly to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital by county EMS. Neither McCreary nor Thomas remains hospitalized. Firefighters Lieutenant Dan Studstill and Ben Pickels were treated and released by EMS at the scene and reported back to the city fire station to serve in a stand-by mode. A hazardous materials team from the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to the chlorine leak, reentered the danger zone, and confirmed the leak had been shut off. City Fire Chief Bruce Jordan, the on-scene incident commander, gave the all-clear signal at approximately 6:50 p.m., Wednesday, and Harvey Greene Drive was reopened. County Emergency Management Director Tom Cisco activated the county Emergency Operations Center in response to the incident. The EOC served in a coordinating role near the outer perimeter of the incident and remained open until the all-clear sign was given. With two wastewater Department personnel on the sideline, the department’s Brent Sims, a certified Wastewater Treatment Facility operator, will assume the role of department chief in the absence of Superintendent McCreary. City and county officials will hold an after-action meeting to discuss how the chlorine leak could have been prevented. They also will discuss the overall response to the incident.