Crews responded to chemical incident at Perth Royal Infirmary

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Appliances from Perth, Forfar and Dundee attended, which included the DIM (Detection and Identification Monitoring) vehicle and Environmental Protection Unit

SFRS logo on appliance

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend Perth Royal Infirmary earlier today (25 January 2016) following reports of a chemical leak at the premises.

Operations control in Dundee received the call at 12.30pm. Three appliances from Perth, the DIM (Detection and Identification Monitoring) vehicle from Balmossie and a supporting pump, the Environmental Protection Unit and supporting pump from Forfar and two appliances from MacAlpine Road were mobilised to the scene as part of SFRS's Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) response.

SFRS’s specialist HAZMAT support officers were also deployed to the scene as advisers.

Firefighters in gas tight suits entered the boiler room and removed a small plant unit and ventilated the building. They removed the unit to the open air and there was no requirement to evacuate the adjacent ward after consultation with NHS Tayside staff.

Six people who were in the vicinity were treated at the hospital.

Scottish Ambulance Service was also in attendance. The incident was brought under control by approximately 2.30pm and responsibility for the building has passed back to NHS Tayside.

Station Manager Alex McCutcheon said: "Due to the quick response of NHS staff and firefighters this incident was brought to a swift and safe conclusion."