Yesterday afternoon (5 May) Leongatha Fire Brigade was contacted to remove a 20-litre chemical drum that had washed up on Venus Beach.
At 12pm brigade members attended the incident alongside Parks Victoria and Tarwin Lower Brigade.
Leongatha Fire Brigade has a specialist Hazmat truck and crew with the appropriate protective clothing and tools to be able to assist and remove these vulnerable chemicals.
Leongatha Fire Brigade Captain Dale Carruthers said the drum washed up because of extreme weather conditions over the weekend.
“Members of the public found the drum and contacted Park Victoria to assist with its removal,” Dale said.
“Parks Victoria called us directly as we have specialist training and equipment to be able to remove hazardous materials.
Members were quick to remove the drum and the incident was deemed safe at 1.45pm.
The drum with the unknown chemical is now safe from the public.