CURRENTA manages and operates one of the largest chemical zones in Europe – the CHEMPARK – with three locations in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen, in the center of North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to the infrastructure, CURRENTA also provides the roughly 70 companies and contractors present with the raw materials and energy sources required for their production, as well as coordinated, modern and reliable environmental and safety management.
The distance of up to 60 kilometers between the individual factories means that an independent and efficient factory fire department is required at each location. Of course, when needed, their individual capabilities can be combined. This is especially the case for the numerous special and specialty vehicles that are under the control of more than 410 firefighters across the individual factories.
High Risk Potential
Dangerous substances and goods arrive at and leave the sites via trucks, tankers, railroad, and ships. Within the sites themselves, the products are additionally transported via pipelines to the various production buildings and plants. Of course, all conceivable precautionary measures are planned in such a way that emergencies are controlled quickly and effectively, in order to prevent or minimize harm to humans and the environment. All security concepts are adapted to the potential risks related to companies based in the CHEMPARK. However, changes within the individual companies often require adjustments to the technologies and tactics of the plant fire brigades.
New Emergency Vehicle: Breathing protection/Decontamination vehicle
Alongside additional respiratory protection equipment and measuring instruments, the respiratory protection decontamination equipment truck (GW-ASD) also provides emergency crews with a large selection of chemical and radiation protection clothing, offering various levels of protection. The special weather and privacy protection area provides the space required for putting on and removing special protective clothing even in adverse weather conditions, and also protecting from unwanted glances.
A special focus of this total specialty vehicle is the expanded decontamination in CBRN operations. Thus, not only the emergency services can be decontaminated in the rear area after contact with strong and heavy contamination, but also injured persons on a stretcher before they are handed over to rescue crews for further attention. The liquid run-off created during decontamination is collected directly and can be independently pumped off for disposal.
Thanks to the integrated technology for drinking and hot water preparation, as well as automatic provision of the correct decontamination agent, the vehicle can be operated autonomously and is thus independent of other vehicles or infrastructure. During deployments, the interior of the cab also provides generous working space for respiratory monitoring and operational documentation. At the same time, the weather data required for deployment around dangerous substances can be determined on-site and made available to the operational leader.
Well-thought-out technology and optimized workflows facilitate commissioning and operation of the vehicle and its extensive equipment by only two firefighters in the shortest possible time.