Press release: Emergency crews to respond to suicide involving hazardous materials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

20 November 2014

 

Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer

Office: (970) 262-5209

 

Emergency crews to respond to suicide involving hazardous materials

 

Emergency responders from Lake Dillon Fire, the High Country Training Center’s hazardous-materials team, Frisco Police, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit County Coroner’s Office worked together Monday afternoon to mitigate the hazards posed by chemicals used in a suicide in Bill’s Ranch.

 

The person committed suicide by creating a deadly mix of chemicals inside a closed car, which was marked by signs on the windows that warned emergency crews to take precautions.

 

Using hazardous-materials protocols, the response team ensured that no nearby residents were exposed to any residue or gases. Ultimately they were able to recover and conduct a preliminary decontamination of the body, which was turned over to the coroner

A chemical cleanup company was brought in to decontaminate the vehicle.

“At no point was the public endangered, and the crews did an excellent job of containing the hazardous materials and eliminating the threat,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Dave Parmley. “I was very pleased to see how everyone worked together and dealt with this unusual situation and did so with safety first and foremost in mind.”

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