While leafing through some old training reports last week, we found 26 black and white photo negatives dated July 31, 1987. The photographer is not identified. The photos were taken at an acid spill at the loading dock of this Sherman Avenue manufacturer of printing inks.
Engine 9, Engine 5, Rescue 3, CP-2 and Car 2 responded. Lt. Bob Kelo and Firefighters Joe Rahl and Ed Doiron were on Engine 9. According to hazmat protocol, Lt. Dave Strawhince and Ff. Ray Dobbs responded "special call" from Station 3 with Rescue 3. Firefighters Art Heriot and Rich Maybury responded on Engine 5, when it was manned by only two firefighters.
Rescue 3 was equipped with a cascade air system for refilling Scotts on site. CP-2, the Civil Preparedness vehicle, was equipped with material to absorb spills and 55-gallon metal drums to take away the waste for proper disposal.
Crew of Engine 9 with CP-2
Ff. Ray Dobbs assists with Scott Air Pack
Ff. Rahl and Lt. Strawhince
The support firefighters were well out of the hot zone.
Crew of Engine 9 pours a SpeedyDry-like absorbent onto the affected areas.
(Note the fully "enveloped" firefighters, and then the guys in the overhead doorway.)
Brooms help to spread the absorbent to soak up the product.
Shoveling the absorbent into the waste drums supplied on CP-2
Ff. Rich Maybury, Neil Gorfain of Civil Preparedness, Lt. Dave Strawhince and Assistant Chief Walt Macdowall
are beside Engine 9. Car 2 and Rescue 3 can be seen in the background.
Asst. Chief Macdowall was also Director of Civil Preparedness at the time of this incident.
Firefighters Art Heriot, Rich Maybury, Ray Dobbs and Lt. Dave Strawhince. Engine 5 can be seen in the background.