Container chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver (March 4, 2015): Public survey on City’s response

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The City of Vancouver is conducting a survey on the chemical fire that occurred at Port Metro Vancouver on March 4, 2015. This incident has many messages and implications. The City of Vancouver is asking YOU for your comments in an online survey here regarding ITS response to the accident:

The incident raises many issues and has raised awareness about the hazards in our midst. Public awareness and involvement in planning is crucial. The port plays a crucial role in our local economy and jobs. It also has many other aspects. How safe are local neighbourhoods in the event of a major earthquake, given what is being handled at the port?

Local Garth Mullins has written his experiences with the event: “In the Plume: Downwind of a chemical fire at the port of Vancouver.” He begins like this….” We live about 2km from the port. In this part of East Vancouver, you’re more likely to smell the animal rendering plant than burning Trichloroisocyanuric Acid. But sometime around midday on March 4, a shipping container full of the industrial bleaching agent caught fire at the port. The prevailing wind was to the southeast. So was our ‘hood. Latte drinkers and shoppers were nonplused – unaware? – as winds carried the chemical cloud up Commercial Drive.” Read the whole story here:


TEXT of the Talk Vancouver online survey is copied below.

In an effort to evaluate and improve City services, we would like to ask you a few quick questions about the response to the fire that broke out at Port Metro Vancouver recently.

1. Are you aware of the fire that occurred at Port Metro Vancouver on Wednesday, March 4th?
Please select one response only.

Yes, No

2. Please rate the response of the City and first responders to the fire at Port Metro Vancouver.

3. Do you have any comments that you would like to provide on the response to the fire at Port Metro Vancouver?
Please be as specific as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire! The feedback gathered will help the City improve its response to emergency situations in the future.

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