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Hazmat team responds to alarm at U.S. Port of Entry

MADAWASKA, Maine — Nine members of the Madawaska Fire Department’s HAZMAT Level 1 Team responded Tuesday, July 26, to possible elevated carbon monoxide levels at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Madawaska Port of Entry.

According to Madawaska Fire Chief, Jim Soucy, the team was requested at approximately 12:45 p.m. when the detection system at the port continued to trip an alarm for high CO levels.

After securing the scene and testing the air at the facility with gas meters, Soucy said the hazmat technicians found no excessive CO levels, and determined that it was a faulty sensor.

“It’s fairly common,” Soucy said via telephone, Tuesday afternoon. “More so in the winter.”

Soucy said the team left the port facility shortly after 1 p.m.

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