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MFB attends chemical spill in Port Melbourne overnight

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15 Dec 2016
Fourteen appliances and 40 firefighters were on scene

Yesterday evening MFB crews received a call to a chemical spill at DP World, Mackenzie Road, Port Melbourne.

Arriving on scene firefighters found the spill coming from  a large barrel within a shipping container, that contained the potentially dangerous chemical Ferric chloride solution.

MFB firefighters wearing full protective clothing, splash suits and breathing apparatus worked to contain the spill and check for any further issues within the stacked barrels.

An MFB Scientific Officer was also on scene to provide specialist advice and an MFB Fireboat attended to provide an exclusion zone and conduct air monitoring from the waterside.

Numerous authorities, including Port of Melbourne, Worksafe, EPA, Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria also attended, and the scene was handed back to the owners just after midnight.

Fourteen appliances and 40 firefighters were at the incident.

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