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The Passaic County Sheriff's office Department made entry into the building to locate and stop the leak, assisted by the Newark Watershed's Hazardous Materials Technicians who were the initial first responders.



On November 2, 2000 9:25 a.m. the West Milford Police were notified of a chlorine leak at the Newark Conservation building on Route 23.

West Milford Police Dispatchers notified the Fire Department, First Aid Squad, Office of Emergency Management and Passaic County Sheriff's Department to respond immediately.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Edward Steines was on the scene along with OEM Coordinator Michael Woch.  The Fire Department Incident Commander was Deputy Chief Kevin Drake and Chief Chris Struble handled operations.

The incident kept the southbound lane of Route 23 closed for one hour and the northbound lane closed for approximately 3 1/2 hours.

There were no injuries and the leak was successfully contained.

 Last updated: Saturday, December 13, 2003 05:27 AM


A critique of this incident has been scheduled for next week.

Drills of the Newark Facility are held every year in conjunction with the Facility Staff, West Milford Office of Emergency Management, Passaic County Emergency Management, Passaic County Sheriff's Office Hazardous Materials Team, West Milford Police, Fire and EMS.




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