Crews from the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services were kept busy yesterday, responding to a report of a chlorine leak and a significant wildfire.

Deputy Fire Chief Greg Saunders says fire personnel responded to the reported chlorine leak at the City of North Bay’s Wastewater Treatment Plant just after 9 Monday morning. Internal sensors in the plant revealed that a small amount of chlorine was present and confined within the structure.  External monitoring of the facility revealed that there was no chlorine in the external atmosphere.

Fire personnel donned Level A protection HazMat suits, entered the structure and successfully isolated the chlorine to stop the leak.  Saunders cites assistance from the North Bay Paramedics, North Bay Police, and engineering staff from the City of North Bay in managing this incident.

Fire crews prepare to put on HazMat suits to enter the wastewater treatment plant, Monday. Photo supplied

North Bay Fire is a part of the Provincial CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) response team.  Being a member of this team means that the department has the equipment and training necessary to manage HazMat incidents within the City of North Bay. Crews are also expected to be available to respond to CBRNE incidents throughout the rest of the province.

Early yesterday afternoon, North Bay and MNR fire crews jointly responded to a significant wildland fire south of Highway 17.  Personnel from both organizations worked together and successfully managed to suppress the fire without incident. Saunders says North Bay Fire thanks their partners from the MNR for their continued support and assistance.