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Chemical Spill in Droitwich

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On 14th April at 9.24pm, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) were called to reports of a chemical spill from a lorry on Kidderminster Road, Droitwich. Four fire appliances and an Environmental Protection Unit were deployed to the incident and on arrival firefighters were faced with a liquid spillage, of an unknown substance, from containers holding different chemicals within a vehicle.

Fire crews worked closely with colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Mercia Police to identify the substance using gas tight suits and monitoring equipment. A road block and cordon were established until the substance was identified and secured within an oversized drum.

Station Commander Mark Strutt from HWFRS said: "The crews worked closely with on site specialists to identify and secure the substance, which was due to be delivered to another site. Leaking was identified from four seperate18kg drums in the lorry. Due to the nature of the hazard it was important that we took all precautions whilst minimising the impact on local residents and businesses. Working with West Mercia Police, we established a road block and cordon to prevent access to the site."

ENDS

Issued by Mark Strutt

Please direct any enquiries to:

Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Officer
01905 368 319
JChadwick@hwfire.org.uk