Firefighters attend chemical incident at Bespak plant in North Lynn

PUBLISHED: 08:09 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 22 March 2013

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.


Firefighters were called to a chemical incident at a pharmaceutical company in North Lynn.

Six fire crews were sent to the Bespak plant, in Bergen Way, last night at about 6.45pm.

Bob Ayers, group manager for the western area of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said firefighters were called to deal with a cloud of formaldehyde gas that had been contained in one of the Bespak productions areas.

He stressed there was never any risk to public safety.

“It was a large production area, and when the first crew arrived there a visual cloud was throughout the area. But it was in a sterile room so it was contained to the area,” he said.

Four crews from Kings Lynn, one from Terrington and the chemical incident unit from Sprowston, attended, and firefighters dealing with the incident wore gas-tight suits.

Mr Ayers said three members of Bespak’s staff were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, and two firefighters were checked over at the scene by the East of England Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team.

Firefighters were at the scene until about 10pm, and Mr Ayers said production in the area was shut down at the factory overnight.

He added that the fire service would be working with Bespak on a debrief of how the incident was dealt with.

He said the staff at Bespak were involved in regular exercises to train for this type of incident and were well-prepared.

Bespak is a Consort Medical company and described on its website as “a leading global supplier of drug delivery devices for injectable and inhaled products.”

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