Mercury Hazmat response
On Tuesday August 7, 2012 the Orland Fire Protection District responded to 7400 159th Street at 3:10pm for a small mercury spill in the Goodwill Industries loading dock area. As a routine practice, Goodwill sorts the donations that they receive looking for potentially hazardous chemicals. During this sorting procedure a small amount of mercury was identified by a worker that spilled outside of the container but inside of a carrying tub.
The mercury was collected and properly sealed in plastic bags for disposal. There were no injuries at this incident or exposures to mercury. Goodwill will have a waste disposal company take the mercury as part of a regular hazardous waste removal procedure.
Quick Response by Orland Firefighters saves family home
(Photos attached Courtesy of www.OrlandFire.org)
Orland firefighters responded to a house fire in the 8100 block of Ann Drive.
Engine 2 and Ambulance 2 arrived within minutes of the call and reported heavy fire coming out of the garage which was attached to the house. Engine 2 made a quick attack with their hose line stopping the fire from reaching the inside of the house. Engine 5 which was 2 minutes behind them went inside the house with a hose line and stopped the fire from advancing to the rest of the home.
Additional units from Orland fire quickly followed along with a Tinley Engine and helped extinguished the fire. The quick response from Orland Fire units saved the family’s home but more importantly saved irreplaceable items that the family has accumulated over a life time.
Members of the Orland Fire District assisted the residents with finding housing for the night, retrieving valuables and assisting with Insurance Company notification.
(Photos courtesy www.OrlandFire.org)