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Specialist HAZMAT firefighters called to chemical spill at Melbourne Airport

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08 Sep 2018
MFB’s specialist HAZMAT technicians were called to a cargo premises on Apac Drive at Melbourne Airport just before 8AM this morning after unknown dangerous goods were spilled.

Building staff were evacuated to a safe area as firefighters wearing fully encapsulated protective suits worked to identify the chemical. There are no reports of employees adversely affected by the spill.

After investigation of a shipping manifest, it was determined that amyl butyrate propanethiol was the chemical firefighters were dealing with.

At least one of four small vessels being stored in a container had leaked, and firefighters worked carefully to transfer the contents into a recovery drum so that it could be removed from the premises.

After an hour of precise work by HAZMAT crews the incident has been declared under control.

Firefighting appliances will remain on scene for several hours while the product is transferred to recovery drums.

As soon as the area has been made safe, the 25 firefighters in attendance and specialist equipment will be decontaminated.

This is the third escalated incident involving hazardous materials MFB has responded to the last two days.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria are on scene, along with crews from Airport Fire and Rescue. 

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