Riverside Fire Department

Gramercy Incident

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Incident Name: Gramercy Incident

Date Reported: 12/24/2019

Time Reported: 1009 hours

Incident Location: Intersection of Gramercy and Wohlstetter, Riverside, CA

Ward #: Ward 6, Councolman Perry

Type of Incident: Hazardous Material Spill

Incident Number: RIV #19-0038567

Control Time: 1443 hours





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    Chief Officer(s): 1

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    Truck Companies: 1



    Firefighter(s): 13

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    Overhead Personnel: 2

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  • Haz-Mat
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    Utilities: 1

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    The City of Riverside Fire Department responded to a report of a hazardous material spill on Gramercy at the intersection of Gramercy and Wohlstetter. The 1st due Engine Company arrived to find a green liquid in the gutter along gramercy from Rutland all the way down to the end of Gramercy where it terminates at Bryant Park. Riverside firefighters worked quickly to stop the unknown liquid from entering the storm drain and adjacent flood control channel by building an earthen dam at the end of Gramercy. The City of Riverside Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team responded to the incident to determine the chemical makeup of the unknown substance. With help from Riverside County Environmental Health, the team was able to determine that the substance was anti-freeze and a chemical used in radiator sealants, both of which are harmful to the environment. The spilled liquid was traced back to a residence on Hedrick. The owner of the home was cited by a City of Riverside Fire Department Fire Prevention Inspector. A hazardous materials cleanup contractor was called to the scene to remove the discarded chemical from just over 1 half mile of the gutter and storm drain. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries during the long-running incident.

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • Riverside County Environmental Health
  • Riverside Public Works
  • RPD

  • Incident Commander: Captain Pat Hopkins

    Prepared By: BC Jeff DeLaurie

    Date / Time Posted: 12/24/2019 2350 hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321