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MFB HAZMAT technicians contain chemical spill at Melbourne Airport

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12 Jun 2019
MFB’s specialist HAZMAT technicians made quick work following reports of a chemical spill in a freight handling building this morning at Melbourne Airport.

Crews were alerted to the premises on Apac Drive just after 9am. It is believed that a forklift split a storage drum containing corrosive cleaning product.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus and chemical splash suits entered the premises, neutralised the chemical and prevented any liquid from entering drains. The contents have been carefully transferred into a recovery drum for safe disposal.

The incident was declared under control less than 40 minutes after MFB’s arrival.

MFB firefighters administered oxygen to one person at the scene before placing him in the care of Ambulance Victoria.

Airservices Aviation Rescue firefighters also assisted at the scene.

Worksafe has been notified and will investigate the incident.

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