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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chemical Incident at School

Firefighters are currently dealing with a chemical incident at a school in East Staffordshire.

"The school did exactly the right thing by immediately evacuating the pupils – we’d like to reassure parents that the children have not been exposed to the chemical."

Group Manager, Becci Bryant

Firefighters were called to the incident at Abbots Beyne School on Osborne Road, Winshill at approximately 12.15pm today. The incident involves a glass vial which has broken releasing a small volume of vapour. All pupils have been evacuated from the building involved and moved to another school building.

Four fire appliances from Burton, Tutbury and Swadlincote along with a specialist appliance from Burton called the Incident Response Unit, which is sent to incidents involving chemicals. A specialist hazardous material and environmental protection officer was also sent to the scene to provide on site advice.

Group Manager, Becci Bryant said: "Firefighters in gas tight suits have assessed the scene and made it safe and a specialist hazardous waste company will be disposing of the chemical in line with regulations.

"The school did exactly the right thing by immediately evacuating the pupils – we’d like to reassure parents that the children have not been exposed to the chemical and the area will be fully ventilated and de-contaminated before the pupils are allowed to return.

"We worked alongside the school and firefighters retrieved GCSE exam papers so examinations could continue as planned in another building."

Two female teachers have been transported to the Queens Hospital by land ambulance.