AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Austin police officers were treated and released at a south Austin hospital for what the Austin Fire Department called “toxic exposure” Friday morning.
AFD responded to the Austin Police South Sub Station at 404 Ralph Ablanedo Dr. just before 3 a.m. for a toxic exposure call, they said.
Austin-Travis County EMS confirmed it transported two officers to the hospital with non-life-threatening complaints.
“We do understand that we had two officers that were riding in the same vehicle. They were actually sitting still doing some observation in an incident that was ongoing. While sitting there, they were overcome with a sense of nausea and headache and having the experience that we had in the past with carbon monoxide issues in our vehicle they did know what to do. They rolled their windows down and they went and brought that vehicle back to the substation,” APD Chief Manley told KXAN.
Initial tests on the vehicle, a Ford Explorer, showed negative for carbon monoxide, said Manley.
“If there was, in fact, a way for carbon monoxide to have gotten inside that vehicle — that is what they are going to determine,” Manley said. “So they will run it through a series of tests, similar to what we were doing a few years back when we were having some issues. Again, just to ensure that that vehicle is safe prior to putting it back in service. Again, if not, it will be repaired or removed.”
Between March and July 2017, 20 officers tested positive for carbon monoxide, prompting APD to take almost 400 of its Ford Explorers off the street over carbon monoxide fears.