Truck Company

HAZ-MAT RESPONDS TO LEAKING BATTERY ACID

Issue 2 and Volume 150.

HAZ-MAT RESPONDS TO LEAKING BATTERY ACID BY PETER M. STUEBE Recently, the City of New York (NY) Fire Department responded to a report of a truck fire in an industrial area in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Fire companies in this area are among the busiest in the city, with most responding to more than 5,000 alarms a year. Due to the large volume of commercial traffic in this area, a truck fire report is a common occurrence. On arrival, however, it was immediately obvious to the responding units that this was not going to be any routine operation. The truck was a flatbed tractor-trailer loaded with hundreds of used car and truck batteries that were burning and leaking sulfuric acid onto the street. The first-arriving officer immediately announced his arrival at the scene and called for the response of a battalion chief and the fire department`s hazardous-materials…

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