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Rosenbauer Airfield Industrial Fire-Fighting Vehicle PANTHER
Rosenbauer Airfield Industrial Fire-Fighting Vehicle PANTHER

Its speed, unparalleled firefighting performance, off-road capability, and crew safety: the PANTHER's capabilities make it the perfect airfield firefighting vehicle. But it is precise because of these capabilities that PCK-Raffinerie GmbH uses the PANTHER for another, no less demanding purpose.Almost all the fuel requirements in the Berlin and Brandenburg region are met by the PCK refinery in Schwedt an der Oder. About 1,200 employees work here, and 2,000 more in other companies located on the refinery's huge site. Over ten million tons of crude oil are processed at the refinery. It is supplied by several oil pipelines, including one of the largest pipelines in the world. And this is exactly where the new PANTHER 6x6 STINGER 54 comes into play. Contain fires quickly A possible fire at the refinery or even on the pipeline is a scenario in which the new PANTHER plays a major role. In the event of a fire, the vehicle can use its speed and high extinguishing performance to contain the fire and buy time until reinforcements arrive. And that's exactly what this PANTHER 6x6 is equipped for.Rosenbauer N80 built-in pump with a capacity of up to 8,000 liters/minute at 10 bar achieves the maximum extinguishing effect The 750 hp powerful engine provides the appropriate propulsion to get to the scene rapidly. Thanks to the rear-axle steering, the PANTHER 6x6 for the PCK refinery is also extremely maneuverable and has no problems even negotiating tight curves at the plant site. The 10,500-liter extinguishing water tank and the 1,300-liter foam agent tank guarantee the supply of extinguishing agents for the initial attack. Thanks to the Rosenbauer N80 built-in pump with a capacity of up to 8,000 liters/minute at 10 bar, the extinguishing agent can also be applied in correspondingly large quantities and quickly to achieve the maximum extinguishing effect. Foam extinguishing system and thermal imaging camera The heart of the extinguishing system on this PANTHER 6x6 is the CONTI CAFS foam extinguishing system in combination with the Rosenbauer STINGER 54 extinguishing arm, which not only has an RM 65 launcher attached, but also a thermal imaging camera. The extinguishing foam is perfect for firefighting because, on the one hand, it clings to the source of the fire - such as the pipeline - and, on the other hand, it unleashes its great cooling effect. The source of the fire can be localized with the thermal imaging camera and extinguished with pinpoint accuracy from above with the STINGER extinguishing arm. The PANTHER 6x6's other equipment is also well worth seeing: for example, an RM 15 front-mounted searchlight or the EMEREC digital deployment management system from Rosenbauer.The PANTHER 6x6 for the PCK refinery is currently one of very few airport fire fighting vehicles in Europe that are not in service at an airport. However, the unique capabilities of the PANTHER could mean that, in the future, the "big cat" from Rosenbauer is seen more often outside its original hunting grounds.

What Are The Water Supply Options For Stationary Extinguishing Systems?
What Are The Water Supply Options For Stationary Extinguishing Systems?

In Germany, VdS CEA 4001 specifies which type of water supply is permissible for firefighting systems. Basically, the amount of water to be stored depends on the risk, the application rate and covered area, and the operating time of the extinguishing system. It must be ensured that the selected water supply is not rendered inoperative or impaired by frost, drought, flooding, or other circumstances. Furthermore, the water must be clean enough to prevent blockages in the piping and nozzles. Water Supply Options There are four options for water supply, and depending on the total area to be protected and the hazard category, one or more of them must be chosen: Public water supply system Water tank Natural and artificial water sources Compressed air water tank Public water supply system In direct connection, no extinguishing agent additives may be added to the extinguishing system Extinguishing systems may only be supplied directly from the public drinking water network if this is the only source of water. If other water sources are available, the extinguishing system should be connected indirectly. In the case of direct connection to the drinking water network, no extinguishing agent additives such as foam compound may be added to the extinguishing system. The connection requires approval by the water supply company and, if necessary, by the competent authority. In addition, the supply for other consumers must not be impaired by the water extraction for the extinguishing system. Other important regulations in this area are DIN 1988-600, DIN 14462, and DIN EN 1717. Incorrect connection of firefighting systems to the public drinking water network can have negative effects on drinking water quality, which poses a risk to public health. The fire fighting water must therefore always be safely separated from the drinking water supply system at the fire fighting water transfer point. A free outlet into a storage tank or a separation station are the means of choice here. The DVGW (German Association for Gas and Water) has dealt intensively with this topic and has drawn up specifications for hygienic safety. Water tank One, or a combination of the following devices, can be used for water storage: Container Intermediate container Elevated tank Reservoir The directive specifies precise requirements regarding the tank design, materials, and strength, and how these must be executed in order to avoid water contamination and deposits. The minimum water volume is specified for each system. This can either be supplied from a storage tank with the total water supply required, or from an intermediate tank where the total water supply is provided from the water supply in the intermediate tank together with the automatic back feed. When back feeding from the public water network, the above-mentioned requirements must also be met. Natural and artificial water sources Natural and artificial sources such as rivers, canals, and lakes are considered to be inexhaustible Natural and artificial sources such as rivers, canals, and lakes are considered to be inexhaustible if they can always provide sufficient water capacity due to their volume, climate, etc. It must be possible to extract the required water supply at any time. Whether a water source meets the requirements for the extinguishing system to be installed as well as how the supply from such sources works in detail is very comprehensively regulated in CEA 4001. Compressed air water tank A compressed air water tank is a tank that holds water under pressure with air. The air pressure and air volume must be sufficient to deliver all the water at the required water pressure and flow rates. The Choice Of Water Supply The total area to be protected and the risk dictate how the water supply is to be selected. It also depends on whether the water supply is from a single source, a single source plus increased reliability (for example, use of two or more pumps), or two sources (two simple, independent water supplies). In individual cases, the ideal solution is worked out together with experts, taking into account the local conditions and protection goals.

Rosenbauer's EconAqua™ With Low Pressure Extinguishing Technology Up To 16 Bar
Rosenbauer's EconAqua™ With Low Pressure Extinguishing Technology Up To 16 Bar

EconAqua™ water mist extinguishing systems combine the best of two worlds: the advantages of a sprinkler system with the benefits of high-pressure water mist technology. The system, which is based on low-pressure water mist technology, offers efficient building protection for certain risks in accordance with VdS CEA 4001 and VdS 3188. Highly Efficient And Easy To Retrofit The structure and function of EconAqua™ systems correspond to those of a classic sprinkler system. However, up to 85 % of water can be saved compared to sprinkler systems. Until now, this has only been possible with high-pressure water mist systems, which usually work with operating pressures of between 100 and 140 bar (1,450 – 2,030 psi). Quick response fine spray sprinklers are installed in the areas to be protected. In the event of a fire, only the sprinklers that are in the immediate vicinity of the seat of the fire open. The pressure drop in the pipe activates the water supply and the water is finely sprayed via the open EconAqua™ sprinklers. The system can be designed as a dry or wet system. This means it can also be used in frost-prone or high-temperature areas. The Advantages Speak For Themselves In comparison to classic sprinkler systems, up to 85% less water can be used. This significantly reduces water damages after activation. The water supply, power units, and pipe diameters can generally be dimensioned much more compactly, which leads to space and cost savings and simplifies retrofitting. In addition, the protected area of EconAqua™ sprinklers is significantly larger than that of classic sprinkler systems, at up to 16 m². Compared to high-pressure fine spray extinguishing systems, EconAqua™ systems offer higher operational safety, as the fine spray sprinklers in the low-pressure range have significantly larger outlet diameters than in the high-pressure range. This virtually excludes the risk of clogging due to contamination. It also reduces maintenance efforts. Minimum Investment EconAquaTM systems do not require expensive power units needed in high-pressure fine spray extinguishing systems Investment costs can also be decreased. EconAquaTM systems do not require expensive power units, which are needed in high-pressure fine spray extinguishing systems to provide the water at high pressure and to compensate for the small outlet diameters. The material requirements for pipes, connectors, and special components are also lower and thus more cost-effective because they do not have to be made of stainless steel. There are no special requirements for water quality, which means that fire-fighters can feed the system with water from their truck. Areas Of Application Public, office, and administrative buildings Libraries and Archives Railway stations Banks IT rooms Hotels and restaurants Churches Hospitals and nursing homes Car parks/underground garages Schools and universities Prisons Educational institutions Hostels and apartment buildings Rosenbauer is a VdS certified installer of EconAqua™ systems. By installing this system, clients can meet regulatory requirements and obtain premium discounts for fire insurance.

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