South L.A. Industrial Leak Brings HazMat Teams

Wednesday, December 05, 2007 |

On Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 8:39 PM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Hazardous Materials Teams, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 39 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Curt Klafta responded to a Hazardous Materials Investigation at 545 West 127th Street in South Los Angeles.

Responding to a vague report of 'Leaking Natural Gas', neighborhood Firefighters arrived promptly at an abandoned petroleum tank farm to find as many as 50 gallons of an unspecified liquid leaking from a decrepit 20' tall x 15' wide steel tank. Taking fundamental safety precautions, they escalated the incident to a Hazardous Materials Investigation.

LAFD HazMat experts were quickly on scene, and later joined by a Los Angeles Police Department Hazardous Materials Unit and County of Los Angeles Fire Department Health Hazardous Materials responders.

Los Angeles Fire Department HazMat personnel donned high-level protective gear and obtained samples of the product, before utilizing a redwood plug to stem the leak.

The liquid was later determined to be water and oil.

Upon seeing Firefighters, one neighborhood woman expressed subjective chest discomfort and shortness of breath. Though Firefighters could determine no immediate correlation between her symptoms and their response, she accepted ambulance transportation to Gardena Memorial Hospital for further evaluation.

No other illness or injury was reported.

With no immediate or escalating hazard, and pursuant of protocol, the scene was turned over to the County of Los Angeles Fire Department Health Hazardous Materials Division to handle to conclusion.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


probie said...

hi los angeles firefighters this is alex harding from salt lake city utah how are you guys doing?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mr. Harding,

Thanks for the note. Despite this (news and information) blog from our headquarters staff not being a personal message forum, I am pleased to tender a reply.

To answer your question...

While I don't pretend to speak for all of our membership at all times, I feel comfortable in saying that for the most part, the men and women of the LAFD are doing pretty well at this time.

Alex, please do let us know when your travels bring you to Los Angeles. We look forward to meeting you.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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