WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY, England — The fireman in charge of the toxic lorry blaze on the M6 has revealed how the various chemicals on board hampered their efforts to fight the flames.
Nuneaton station commander Steve Langhor said the truck carried 1,000 litres of highly flammable acetone, containers of toxic carbon hydrochloride, and a "whole list of other chemicals", some of which react violently to water.
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Joel LangloisSaturday, December 15, 2012 11:54:49 AMAnd if the cloud had been toxic and had the potential to kill for a km wide area, People would have been complaining they had not done enough! the life of a firefighter! Damned if you do...damned if you don`t. GREAT work by the chief, better to be alive and wrong, then dead and right!
Michael DavidsonSaturday, December 15, 2012 11:58:51 AMThe chief's job is simply to protect the safety of the public and his staff...he did that very thing.
Troy PeeblesSaturday, December 15, 2012 12:11:48 PMJob well done Chief.
Matt FosterSaturday, December 15, 2012 12:17:27 PMSounds like a great job done and proper decision making. He protected the public and the responder, so there is really no issue at all as far as I am concerned.
Tim JensenSaturday, December 15, 2012 12:23:47 PMI FEEL HE DID WHAT WAS NECESSARY. HIS JUDGEMENT WAS PERFECT. OVERKILL IS BETTER THAN UNDERKILL WITH CASUALTIES OR LONG TERM ILLNESSES. GREAT JOB!
Bryan SmithSaturday, December 15, 2012 12:34:27 PMHe did the right thing
Chris CinottoSaturday, December 15, 2012 1:12:24 PMGood move Chief! Safety first!
Rory GroesslSaturday, December 15, 2012 1:14:14 PMThe nay-sayers probably don't have a clue about the fire service or hazmat operations... sounds like a job well done chief!
Thomas BealSaturday, December 15, 2012 1:26:45 PMChief did an spot on job. People are just upset because they didn't get to go the way they wanted and were a little late.
Ricky CollinsSaturday, December 15, 2012 1:42:44 PMI believe everything was justified! Keep up the good work. Saving lives is more important than driving down a stretch of roadway.
Christopher DeaconSaturday, December 15, 2012 2:59:23 PMHe did well. If any had died , they would have crucified him. Rather be stuck in traffic than be dead. Easier to explain your actions when there is no loss of life.
Danny LaShelleSaturday, December 15, 2012 8:44:19 PMSpot on chief, Great job!
Carol AnnTuesday, March 11, 2014 2:09:13 PMCHLORINE GAS TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
First Responders ask federal administrations to consider adding secondary containment to rail tank cars used to transport chlorine gas, providing lifesaving safety to First Responders and the public they serve. See First Responders Comments at PETITION C KIT.