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YCFD quick response determines odour not a threat

County firefighters and Edmonton Haz-Mat Team used technology to establish ammonia smell from Wildwood Rec-Plex not a threat

On April 10 at 10:00 pm, the Yellowhead County system. day that eventually boiled-off and vented through
Fire Department (YCFD) was dispatched to an YCFD firefighters from several stations used gas- the high-purge system. The heavy night air likely
ammonia odour in the vicinity of 56 Avenue and detection equipment and computerized plume- carried the ammonia vapour down, causing it to be
50th Street in Wildwood and performed a brief modeling to determine the amount of the ammonia noticed in the nearby area.
perimeter evacuation while the cause of the smell in the air. They were able to declare the area safe Although the ammonia vapour was enough to be
was determined. and allow residents to return to their homes by 1:00 a cause for a response, the quantities in the air were
The ammonia detected in the air was determined am. Specialized hazardous materials technicians low, and not enough to cause harm or be considered
not to be a leak, but was caused by residual from Edmonton were called in to assist YCFD to a threat to the well-being of nearby residents.
amounts from standard maintenance performed ensure the area was safe. The initial actions to evacuate were focused on
earlier that day at the Wildwood Rec-Plex and The vapour was caused by residual ammonia left the safety of the general public and to mitigate any
carried into the air through the facility's venting in the ice-plant system at the Rec-Plex earlier that potential risks to the public.
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