Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Fuel spill

Friday, September 12, 2014/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Thursday, September 11 at 10:47 p.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of fuel leak/ spill located at Veterans Boulevard and Edmonton Trail.

On arrival they determined that a semi-truck/ trailer unit hauling non-hazmat material (crushed limestone), had damaged a drive shaft that subsequently ruptured a nearby fuel line.

Firefighters worked quickly to ensure any spilled diesel fuel did not enter into the storm sewer drainage system. Crews used absorbent socks and material to construct dams around all drains in the area. The placement of these socks constructed a retaining dam in which approximately 100 litres of diesel fuel was collected. This quick action by firefighters ensured that all spilled product remained on the roadway and did not enter the ditches.

A large vacuum truck was dispatched to the scene to assist with collection and removal of the fuel and any other possible contaminants. Fire crews stood by with a charged water/ foam line to ensure the final safe removal of all fuel remaining in the truck’s fuel tanks.

After all fuel was safely removed, the truck was towed from the scene while a replacement truck removed the trailer. The roadway was then washed down by the AFD and all contaminated water was captured by the vacuum truck. The entire operation took approximately two and a half hours to complete.

There were no injuries to report.

Three pieces of AFD apparatus and seven firefighters were on scene.


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Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
403.948.8800 ext.7612



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