Mt Vernon HAZMAT

No further information immediately available.

Published Saturday, January 19, 2019

Eleven people, mostly first responders, are recovering Thursday evening after being rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for potential exposure to a hazardous material.

At this time, investigators have yet to confirm what the substance was. It all started around 10 a.m. when Litton Ambulance Service and the Waltonville Fire Department were called to a residence near the intersection of state Route 148 and Nason road for an unresponsive person.

While treating the patient in the ambulance, the medic and driver started feeling sick and had to pull over and call for help.

At that time, Jefferson County deputies and additional Waltonville firefighters responded.

They also ended up sick. That's when the Mt. Vernon Fire Department's Hazmat team came to perform gross decontamination due to an unknown harmful substance.

The safety routine involves stripping those exposed of their clothing and washing them down.

The hazmat crew then gave the victims paper gowns and drove them to the Good Samaritan hospital in other emergency vehicles provided by Litton Ambulance Service.

Randy Schorfheide, Regional Manager of Marketing and Communications at Good Samaritan, says the hospital was contacted by emergency personnel around 11:30 a.m. about a hazardous material exposure event.

"Whenever that happens our incident command phase 1 was activated," Schorfheide explains. "That puts in the process our Emergency Preparedness Plan."

However, it was quickly elevated to phase 3 because of the number of victims potentially exposed.

Upon arrival at the hospital, the staff performs their own decontamination in a designated area. "Whether it's a shower or other steps are taken, to make sure they are no longer what's considered dirty," Schorfheide says.

In addition to the eight emergency personnel and the unresponsive patient, a woman, and child who were initially at the residence when EMTs arrived drove themselves to the hospital for decontamination.

The hospital says four patients, who are in stable condition, will remain for observation. Meanwhile, the Jefferson County Sheriff's department has launched an investigation.
Source: DORRIS

Mt Vernon HAZMAT Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green
Category: CBRNE
Response: Avoid
Severity: Minor
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Injured: 11

DORRIS Mobile App
Be the first to know when something is happening in your area!

Other events in United States

- Hurricane Dorian
- California earthquake
- US Winter Storm
- Alabama and Georgia tornado
- Typhoon Wutip
- Hawaii Storm
- Yorba Linda Vehicle Accident
- California storm
- U.S. extreme cold
- Mt Vernon HAZMAT
- California storm
- New York Carbon Dioxide leak
- Lexington car accident
- New York landslide
- USA Ammunition Plant Fire
- Florida Vehicle Accident
- US Snow Storm
- Big Lake Vehicle Accident
- Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish invasion in Guam
- Sanibel island tsunami
- Florida Extreme Weather
- Port Orchard tornado
- Manhattan fire
- New York Fire
- Ohio Fire
- USA Snow Storm
- Worcester Fire
- Veniaminof Volcano Eruption
- San Francisco HAZMAT
- Hillsboro campus poisoning
- Illinois tornado
- US Midwest off-season tornado outbreak
- California storm
- Indiana plane crashed
- Florida WildFire
- Alaska earthquake
- Palm Beach Vehicle Accident
- US winter storm
- Bee attack in USA
- Storm Man-Yi
- USA public security incident
- Fort Lauderdale HAZMAT
- USA Snow Storm
- USA bus accident
- Woolsey Fire
- California Fires
- Thousand Oaks shooting
- Baltimore Technological Disaster
- Pennsylvania incident
- Texas floods
- Central America flash floods and mudslides
- Tropical Storm Michael
- Hurricane Olivia
- Hurricane Isaac
- Hurricane Helene
- Shasta Fire
- Tropical Storm 26W
- Hurricane Florence
- Tropical Storm Gordon
- Hurricane Norman
- Hurricane Maria
- Oregon earthquake
- Hurricane Lane
- Hurricane Hector
- California fires
- North Carolina landslide
- Flash flood hits Maryland
- Kilauea volcano eruption
- Alaska earthquake
- U.S. Landslide
- Washington Landslide
- Southern California Flooding
- Snow Storm USA
- San Francisco earthquake