Removal of vehicle exhaust fumes at fire stations

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Courtesy of Plymovent Group BV

The challenge

The fire brigade of Kassel (Germany) was looking for three new
vehicle exhaust extraction systems. Systems that would remove
exhaust fumes very effectively, protecting the fire fighters from
hazardous diesel exhaust fumes. Other fire stations within the
Kassel region were already provided with extraction systems.

The fire brigade of Kassel choose for a fully automatic extraction
system of Plymovent. One of the requirements was that the
extraction system should be compatible and should connect to
all emergency vehicles of the fire brigades. The vehicle exhaust
extraction systems should feature up-to-date technology and
comply with the latest restrictions. Besides setting up three
entirely new systems, the other six existing extraction systems
had to be upgraded. Whilst upgrading the existing controls,
ducting and fans were used again to minimise additional costs
for the city of Kassel.

The solution

In order to provide a cost effective system to ensure the health
of the fire fighters and other people working at the fire brigades
of Kassel, Plymovent installed two types of fully automatic
disconnect systems.

  1. The SBT (Sliding Balancer Track) system for vehicle driving
    into the station backwards.
  2. And the STR (Straight Rail) system for an area were two
    vehicles can be parked in the same bay.

The automatic SBT/STR exhaust extraction systems are installed
in line with the vehicle on the tailpipe side. The STR system
distributes the exhaust gasses to the installed ducting at various
points. This enables two vehicles to be parked behind each other
in the same bay.

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