Emergency Crews Respond to Riverton, Connecticut LPG Rollover

Seven northwestern Connecticut fire departments worked together to ensure the safe off-loading of 2,100 gallons of LPG from a rolled home delivery truck in Riverton.

The propane home delivery truck slid off Old North Road into a four foot ditch at 9:30 AM on April 26, 2004. The driver was uninjured and no product was released. A 1/2-mile evacuation radius was established as a precaution. The town's Senior Citizens center was opened for the evacuees.

As part of automatic mutual aid, five fire departments responded: Riverton, Pleasant Valley, Barkhamsted East, Colebrook, and West Hartland. Winsted and East Hartland were special called to assist.

Three precautionary lines were laid for potential vapor and fire control: two 2.5" handlines and one 5" to a portable gun. Both a primary and a secondary water supply systems were established.

ICS (incident command system) was used to effectively manage this operation involving 50 firefighters. A fallback site 1/2 mile from the incident was established as a contingency.

Chief Larry Gillen would like to acknowledge the tremendous help all neighboring departments provided.

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