Leadership

Major Chemical Incident Controlled by Coordination and Cooperation

Issue 5 and Volume 138.

Major Chemical Incident Controlled by Coordination and Cooperation HAZARDOUS MATERIALS Training, pre-fire planning, and a strong mutual-aid system were challenged by disrupted water supplies, high winds, and toxic fumes at a chemical plant explosion and fire in Middlesex, NJ, last February. Forty-two fire companies and over 700 firefighters were required to bring the incident under control. Middlesex is a 272-square-mile community of 13,400 people in north central New Jersey. Fire protection is provided by the allvolunteer Middlesex Fire Department, consisting of four independently-owned fire companies, three with one engine, and one with a ladder and rescue/air cascade truck. Each company has 25 members operating under the direction of a company captain. Each company answers to a single fire chief and two assistant chiefs. Shortly before 10 A M. on February 12, 1985, a commercial tank truck arrived with a delivery of alkyd at the Chemray Coatings Corporation plant. Alkyd, an…

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