Hazardous Materials

It is not uncommon for hazardous materials to pass into or through Powell River by truck or semi-trailer making the potential for an accident or spill ever-present. Members are trained to a level where we can respond to, identify and assess an incident, evacuate persons exposed to the hazard, set up decontamination zones, and prepare entry teams to deal with the hazardous product. Some of the special equipment required to safely handle hazardous materials incidents include totally encapsulation Level A protective suits.  Two common chemicals that are deemed hazardous materials that are found in the City of Powell River include ammonia and chlorine. These chemicals are used in places like ice rinks and swimming pools. Sadly, late in 2007, a methamphetamine drug lab was confirmed in the city. As a result, drug labs are now on our list of hazardous materials which we may come across.