Highly qualified employees and state-of-the-art technology – this applies to the member companies’ production plants in general and is especially important for the member companies’ plant fire departments. These professionals stand at the ready round the clock and can reach every possible location at their sites within three minutes. They also support each other across the region as required. Therefore, several hundred firefighters are available to the sites throughout the region.
The plant fire department’s scope of responsibility encompasses fire prevention and fire response. Fire prevention includes construction, plant-specific and organizational measures to ensure that nothing happens. This task ranges from consultation on fire protection when setting up new plants to drawing up response plans and concise instructions for the firefighters. Fire response ultimately refers to saving people and fighting fire with water and special extinguishers. The water used for extinguishing fires is collected in the site’s own canal systems and reservoirs and then cleaned in the site’s relevant treatment plants.
Furthermore, the plant fire departments play their part in TUIS (the chemical sector’s Transport, Accident and Information system). TUIS has provided rapid, expert und unbureaucratic assistance with transport and storage-related chemical accidents since 1982. TUIS has 130 member companies with their fire departments and specialists such as chemists, toxicologists and production experts. TUIS members can be contacted 24/7 by phone via emergency public services (e.g. fire departments and police) as well as via the Deutsche Bahn AG (German rail).
The firefighters are specifically trained for industrial fire protection, so that they are prepared for all possible situations. Training and teaching takes place at, for example, the government-run firefighting school in Regensburg and Geretsried, the German chemical industry’s Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention, and specialist companies. Training involves regular updates and practice. Rescue-service training takes place as specified by emergency services legislation for paramedics and medical assistants.