Sunday, August 15, 2010

TFD Responds to Chlorine Alarm

Incident Date: August 15, 2010

Issuing Officer: Toryono Green
Incident Location: 2001 Thorne Rd, Tacoma
Incident Type: Hazardous Materials Response

At 2:55pm today, the Tacoma Fire Department received a call reporting a chlorine alarm activation at 2001 Thorne Rd.  A total of two engine companies, a ladder company, a hazardous material unit, a command unit, and a safety unit responded. After fire department arrival and a joint investigation with plant personnel, it was discovered that there was a power failure at the plant.  Although the facility's alarm system indicated a minor detection of chlorine, fire department detection equipment found no readable traces of chlorine outside of the plant.

It is unclear whether the alarm was activated by chlorine or the power failure.  Tacoma Public Utilities restored power to the plant and plant personnel returned the facility to its normal state.  The plant was unoccupied at the time of the incident.  There were no injuries.