Just after 4:30 AM, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched to a Hazardous Materials incident, involving a chlorine leak at the Downingtown Sewage Treatment Plant, in the 500 block of Brandywine Ave., East Caln Township.
The DFD volunteers arrived and confirmed with plant personnel that there was an active chlorine leak. The Chester County Department of Emergency Services Haz Mat 15 team arrived and together with the crews from Rescue 45, Air-Light 46 and Engine 46-2 an action plan to stop the leak was initiated.
During the entire incident, the crew from Squad 45 was roving through the streets and alleys in the Johnsontown section, W. Lancaster Ave. and Brandywine Ave. with an air monitor to take air readings.
In addition, Engine 47-2 (Lionville Fire Company) was standing-by in Johnsontown Park to monitor the area. Engine 49-5 (East Brandywine Fire Company) was on location for a water supply. Utility 55 (Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute) provided a rehab station at the scene. The volunteers of the DFD Fire Police and the Downingtown Police Department provided traffic control and Comm-1 of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services provided the Command Post.
At 10:45 AM, all units were clear of the scene and all roads were opened.