RHVFC responds to Pesticide Incident
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RHVFC responds to Pesticide Incident


On Monday, October 10, 2016, at approximately 7:15 PM, the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched for an odor inside a building at 5795 Chesapeake Villa Apartments on Chesapeake Villa Drive. Fire crews arrived on the scene and started an investigation into the odor and setup ventilation. During the investigation it is believed that the pesticide called malathion was sprayed inside the building earlier in the day. Due to limited information about the product and the amount applied, the occupants of the building were encouraged to evacuate their apartments. The (MDE) Maryland Department of Environment was called to the scene to assist with the investigation. Interested occupants were evacuated to the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company where a temporary shelter with emergency personnel and volunteers was setup. One occupant was transported to the Chester River Hospital for symptoms related to the incident, other occupants were closely observed for related symptoms at the scene. Maintenance staff and fire crews worked with MDE to extract the pesticide from the building, residents were allowed to return to their apartments once given the all clear. The Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company and the Town of Rock Hall wishes to thank all the mutual aid agencies including the Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad and Kent EMS for responding and assisting with this incident. A special thank you to all the volunteers at the shelter and Eric Vansant who offered bus transportation to and from the shelter.

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