Fire Rescue Responds to Call at Calumet

City of Great Falls Montana

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DATE:            August 28, 2014

CONTACT:     Dirk Johnson,  Fire Marshal 406-727-8070

 

GREAT FALLS FIRE RESCUE RESPONDS TO CALL AT CALUMET REFINERY

GREAT FALLS, Montana – On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:42 p.m. Great Falls Fire Rescue responded to an emergency call at Calumet Refinery where two employees were reported  injured.  Once on site and treating the patients the firefighters established that the medical injuries may have been attributed to a low level chemical exposure of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) and swiftly moved the patients to a safe area to administer care.  The Calumet employees were transported to Benefis Hospital for treatment.

While on scene treating the patients, a Great Falls Firefighter was possibly exposed to the chemical.  The eleven year veteran firefighter was taken to Benefis Hospital for assessment and treatment and is currently in stable condition.

H2S is an inhalation hazard and was confined to the tank in the area. The low level exposure was confined to the Calumet property and does not pose a danger to the community.  The site has been turned back over to Calumet Refinery. The City of Great Falls Fire Rescue meets regularly with Calumet regarding safety training and community concerns.

For more information about the City’s response contact Great Falls Fire Marshal, Dirk Johnson at 727-8070.