City and County units respond to ammonia leak at Shenandoah Family Farms Cooperative
Posted On: Mar 10, 2014
February 22, 2014 from www.heraldmailmedia.com
The Washington County Special Operations Unit along with fire and rescue crews responded to an ammonia leak at the Shenadoah Family Farms Cooperative in Hagerstown late Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The ammonia leak was traced to a pump room in the diary-processing plant at 1100 Frederick St., according to a news release from Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven.
The building is the site of the former Good Humor-Breyer’s ice-cream plant.
Frederick Street was closed early in the incident, but reopened a short time later, as fire and rescue units moved operations to a parking lot, according to a Washington County 911 dispatcher.
The leak was reported at 5:13 p.m. by workers at the nearby Hagerstown wastewater-treatment plant who could smell ammonia, the dispatcher said.
A security guard at the plant was checked by medical personnel, but did not have to be taken to a hospital, the dispatcher said.
Members of the Hagerstown Fire Department and hazardous materials technicians from the Special Operations Unit worked with plant officials to isolate the leak at a compressor pump without disrupting plant operations, the release said.
The room was then ventilated, and plant workers were able to repair the pump, the release said.
Along with the city fire department and county special operations unit, the Funkstown Fire Co., Community Rescue Service and the County Air and Rehab units provided support during the incident, the release said.
There were no injuries, and the last emergency units cleared the scene by about 7:40 p.m., the release said