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New fire stations in use at Brussels Airport

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Since today, 11th of March 2019, Brussels Airport has 2 state of the art and energy efficient fire stations in use at the airport.

The 145 people strong fire department at Brussels airport now operates from 2 new fire stations. They’re located in the eastern and western sections of the airport. These new stations are designed for responding to emergency situations. Also they’re energy efficient and they’re providing enough space for housing the brigade’s fleet.

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company said: ”Our new fire stations belong to the best in Europe, they are deigned to enable even more efficient operations in case of an emergency intervention and are equipped with the latest technologies. They furnish our fire department with everything it needs to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations.”

The two new stations replace three old fire stations that were located in the northern and southern part of the airport. The new locations, between runways 25R and 25L enables the brigade’s to provide an even faster response during emergencies.

During the designing process of the new stations the response times were being factored. In the event of an emergency on the airport tarmac the firefighters must be on site within 3 minutes. For a problem in the terminal or another building they must be there within 5 minutes. With the new fire stations, the firefighters are able to exit the stations within 30 seconds after the alarm went off.

As said earlier, the new stations have sufficient space for the vehicles belonging to the fire brigade’s. The vehicles park in the garage according to the keep-moving principle. This means that no vehicle should exit the garage in reverse.

The eastern and western stations are both enerfy-efficient building. 800 Solar panels, installed on the roofs, are providing the power that the stations need. The lightning is all LED lamps, while the heating and cooling requirements are taken care of via heat pumps. Water gets heated via the solar water heaters in the sanitary installations.

On top of the roofs there have been placed water collectors, these enable the collection of rainwater for recycling as fire extinguishing water or for sanitary purposes. The combined collectors can hold 230.000 litres of water.

Erik Schlijper

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