An elderly woman is evacuated from the suburb of Parnell, Auckland, during a chemical emergency in February 1973. When leaking drums containing a defoliant were dumped on a section in the suburb, fumes affected many people, including firefighters who were called in to deal with the problem. Thousands of people had to be evacuated, and 643 received hospital treatment. Procedures for dealing with chemical emergencies were reviewed after this experience.
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Reference: Gavin McLean, Fires & firefighting. Wellington: Grantham House, 1992, p. 120
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