Reports are coming in that a level 2 hazmat call has been made to The Chicago Fire Department and are now responding to it.
The CFD personnel and authorities have been called to the scene and they are investigating the area for any hazardous or any dangerous materials. The authorities are in Dirksen Federal Courthouse at 219 S. Dearborn St, are they are clearing the suspected areas.
The CFD said in a tweet that there is no reading inside the Dirksen Federal Courthouse and has marked the subways safe to enter.
Level 2 Hazmat at 219 S Dearborn St. Per BC1, Air Quality good, no readings inside the building, and no danger to subway.
— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) February 25, 2019
Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications have also made an tweet informing the public about the incident.
NotifyChicago: EB Jackson from Clark to State is closed due to CFD incident.
— Chicago OEMC (@ChicagoOEMC) February 25, 2019
According to the National Fire Protection Association NFPA, a level 2 hazmat situation means, “An incident involving hazardous materials that are beyond the capabilities of the first responders on the scene and could be beyond the capabilities of the public sector responders having jurisdiction.”
They also add, ” Level 2 incidents might require the services of a state or regional response team or other state or federal assistance. This level can pose an immediate and long-term risk to the environment and public health.”