Tanker Rollover - Rt. 9 Ramps and Frontage Rd.
 
By J. Dumin
July 31, 2020
 

At 16:57 Company 3 was dispatched to Frontage rd in the area of the Route 9 ramps for a fuel truck on its side. Shortly after dispatch Car 32 was advised that the truck was on its side, leaking fuel, and extrication might be involved. Companies 1 and 2 were added to the assignment. Car 32 arrived on scene to find a fuel tanker on its side actively leaking gasoline from all compartments of the tanker. The occupant was able to self-extricate and was being evaluated by Hunters ambulance service.


Engine 8 arrived on scene and began deploying hose lines to suppress the gasoline vapors and protect the area. Companies on scene were able to slow the leak using a plug kit. Due to the heat and duration of incident, numerous mutual aid companies were dispatched to the scene. Crews remained on scene well into the night while D.E.E.P and Environmental Services offloaded the remaining fuel in the tanker and cleaned up the area.


Companies that operated on scene:
Town of Berlin:
Engines 8,10,7,12
Squad 4
Truck 9
Rescue 1
Tanker 15
Car 32- Commander
Cars 11,21,22,36,41,61

Wethersfield- Truck 32, Car 1
Cromwell- Tac 4
Rocky Hill- Engine 2, Car 3
Newington- Engine 2, Truck 2, and Car 2
Hartford FD- Engine 11, Dist. 2, Foam Truck
D.E.E.P
Hunters Ambulance
Farmington CERT team provided rehab
Berlin PD
Connecticut State Police
Hartford County fire Coordinator- HQ-5
State of CT Department of Transportation

A few honorable mentions:

We would like to give a special shoutout to Stop and Shop of Berlin for donating cases of water to the crews on scene and Fred Campanella from Accurate Auto for transporting it to the scene.

A thank you to our Berlin Police dispatch center, and the Cromwell FD dispatch center, both entities worked through a stack of requests well into the night to ensure our crews had all resources needed.

 

John Murphy, Kensington Fire-Rescue August 01, 2020 at 1:15 PM
Great photos! Wish I could have been there to help.


Fred Glabau August 02, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Great job in containing what could have been a catastrophic event. The town of Berlin and its residents should be aware and appreciate its volunteer fire departments and the work they do responding to all calls and alarms. Hats off to the surrounding fire departments who answer the call for aid!