Type: Lessons Learned
Publisher: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions - SRNS, Savannah River Site (SRNS)
Published As: Public
The Fire Department soon responded with gear and equipment suitable for fighting a fire. Upon arrival the Fire Department learned the event was an ammonia vapor concern and not a fire. Fire Department personnel then had to make necessary adjustments to their response method to appropriately deal with the concern.
Lessons Learned: It was noted by the Fire Department that they could have responded more appropriately had they known the true nature of the emergency. A HazMat equipped team could have responded instead. The Fire Department recommended that a call to the SRSOC either initially or immediately following activation of the Fire Alarm Pull Station would have provided clarification as to the type emergency they would be responding to. This would have allowed them to bring all appropriate gear and equipment needed to respond to the actual emergency situation.
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