Exit of a fire station of the Berlin fire brigade

    Exit of a fire station of the Berlin fire brigade Photo: Andreas Gora /picture alliance

    By Axel Lier

    They start their ambulances and fire engines in the halls of their stations and stand in the middle of a cloud of diesel. Exhaust alarm at the fire brigade!

    If several cars drive off at the same time, clouds of smoke pollute the air – a significant health hazard. Emissions from diesel engines are considered carcinogenic even in low concentrations.

    This can be remedied by so-called exhaust gas extraction systems.

    But 30 guards are still not equipped like that Senate Administration at the request of Alexander J. Herrmann (CDU). These include the fire stations in Friedrichshain, Urban, Kreuzberg, Wedding, Pankow, Neukölln and Suarez. There is no regulation for such systems.

    Another deficiency: structural lock systems. When the rescuers return to the station with their sooty, contaminated turnout gear, their things urgently need to be changed. However, these structural requirements do not exist in 32 stations. In addition, the administration does not have risk assessments for all locations that are actually necessary for occupational health and safety.

    Exhaust extraction systems like these are still missing in 30 fire stations (example photo)

    Exhaust extraction systems like these are still missing in 30 fire stations (example photo) Photo: ecovent

    CDU politician Herrmann on the BZ: “It is completely incomprehensible to me that a complete risk assessment has not yet been carried out for all guards and all necessary measures have been taken, and it puts the health of our rescue workers at risk.”

    Subjects:

    Berlin Fire Department Diesel Health

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