The firefighter team at Istanbul International Airport (IGA) was, like every fire station, facing problems with handling the toxic diesel exhaust produced by the fire trucks and exposing the firefighters to hazards. IGA, which is an award winning airport and an important center at the intersection of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, contacted Nederman in order to get help to control the air quality in the airport environment and to ensure a safe working environment for their firefighters. Nederman’s exhaust extraction system for emergency stations was installed - the most effective solution method for capturing and eliminating vehicle exhaust fumes.
Is vehicle exhaust dangerous?
Every time the fire trucks start, thousands of dangerous gases containing cancerogenic substances and pollutants such as benzene, arsenic, formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide are emitted into the firefighter's working environment and subsequently spread around the airport and the outdoor surroundings. Exposure to vehicle exhaust is a common problem in emergency stations and likewise a challenge for the IGA firefighters. Health problems associated with diesel exhaust exposure include irritation of the nose and eyes, headache, fatigue, nausea, inflammatory changes in the airways, changes in respiratory function and decreased lung function. To prevent the firefighters from inhaling the toxic gases, the vehicle exhaust needs to be extracted directly at the source. At the same time, the fire trucks need to be ready as quickly as possible in case of an emergency, and the extraction system must not add any extra time or task for the fire fighters when it´s time to go.
Vehicle exhaust extraction system for emergency stations
To create a safe and healthy working environment at the IGA fire station, the Nederman Magna Track HS system was installed. Magna Track HS is an exhaust extraction system for emergency stations with high frequency/ high speed runs and exhaust extraction directly at the tail pipe. The system starts automatically when the firetruck starts and moves with the vehicle to the station exit and automatically disconnects from the tail pipe at the end of the line. The Magna Track HS can easily and ergonomic be reconnected to the nozzle when the vehicle returns to the station. The automatic connection ensures less wear on the equipment and the installation in the roof of the station secures that no supply systems are left on the floor that could be run over and damaged by the trucks.
- We are extremely pleased to use Nederman Systems, which provides a cleaner working environment and protects the health of our employees, says IGA Maintenance Chief
Benefits with Nederman vehicle exhaust extraction
- Safe control of air quality by automatic source ventilation when the vehicle engine starts
- Simple programming with easy & ergonomic connection of suction nozzles
- Practical control of fan start/stop
- Exhaust extraction directly at the tailpipe
What value did the extraction system bring to the emergency station?
- Safe & ergonomic workplace
- Improved health conditions for workers
- Less wear on equipment
Contact your local clean air expert to find out how to improve the health conditions at your Fire or Emergency Station.