Update: Emergency response at Terminal 5

3:28 PM: Big Seattle Fire callout to the 2900 block of SW Florida. 911 log calls it a haz-mat response. More to come.

3:31 PM: Scanner says an unknown substance sprayed on a worker at Terminal 5.

3:48 PM: “Cutting fluid” is what’s suspected to be involved. Via Twitter, SFD says the worker’s “symptoms are minor.”

5:07 PM: No additional official info, but after an hour and a half, the incident is now closed.

10 Replies to "Update: Emergency response at Terminal 5"

  • J O March 15, 2014 (3:29 pm)

    They just took off away from Jack Block park though.

  • Debbie March 15, 2014 (4:42 pm)

    Here I was hoping it had something somehow to do with the missing plane landing there. AH, well.

  • Jay March 15, 2014 (5:32 pm)

    Funny that I work there and I hear about it here first. :)

  • DDS March 15, 2014 (8:48 pm)

    Fifteen pieces of fire equipment for cutting fluid on one person?
    As a machinist of 25 years I was doused with it
    every day. I recall just the other day we were discussing Government waste.

    • WSB March 15, 2014 (9:10 pm)

      DDS, they didn’t know. SFD has standard response levels for a variety of potentially serious incidents – fire in building, single-family house fire, hazmat, gas leak, etc. , as we mention here over and over again. I don’t know how quickly people were dismissed because this was outside public view (our photographer tried); the original callout shows on the 911 log until the last unit is gone, even if the other 14 were gone minutes into it. If you think SFD’s standard levels of response are wrong, Councilmember Bruce Harrell is in charge of the Public Safety Committee; Fire Chief Gregory Dean is in charge of the Fire Department, and ultimately reports to Mayor Murray, and you can certainly let them know. – TR

  • DDS March 15, 2014 (9:39 pm)

    They didn’t know, B.S. The initial call was one engine. someone made the call to 911, and was asked specifics. this was approximately 35
    firefighters for one person. This is how the budget is justified.

  • miws March 15, 2014 (10:11 pm)

    DDS, were you there? Do you know exactly what type of cutting fluid was involved? Do you know in exactly what manner the worker was covered; what part(s) of the body were involved, and how much cutting fluid ended up on the worker? Did you know when the call came in, at 2:43:07 and the first units went out, that there was only one person affected, either by direct contact with the fluid on the skin, or fumes in the air?


    Do you think in a case such as this, or in the case of a structure fire, only one unit should be called out, and then when it arrives they find there’s people trapped, that they should then call out additional units? Oh, my! Too late! The people will die because there’s not enough first responders there! Too bad!



  • Jason March 16, 2014 (7:42 am)

    The additional response wasn’t for the patient, it was to identify, isolate and stop the leak of the material that was still leaking from the container that was breached during maintenance. At the time of the second response, that material was still unknown. The cutting fluid reference came from what someone BELIEVED it was.

  • SrslySharon March 16, 2014 (11:24 am)

    DDS –

    Just so you can settle down – Fire & Police do not work on a commission. They get paid the same if they are the station or out on a call. We’re getting better value for our tax dollars when they get called out.

  • miws March 16, 2014 (12:23 pm)

    Oh, but, SrslySharon! They are wasting precious money on fuel for the rigs, and not only wear and tear on the equipment, but wear and tear on Firefighter boots too! ;-)



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