New System Captures Diesel Fumes

New System Captures Diesel Fumes
Posted on 11/12/2018

Fire Department Installs Safety Feature for Diesel Fumes as Part of its Health and Wellness Initiative

Three fire stations have new diesel exhaust direct source capture systems that reduce firefighter exposure to diesel fumes.

“These are a safety feature for our fire stations. All five locations will now have this safeguard,” said Fire Chief Bill Gaul, noting that the installation is a part of the department’s health and wellness initiative. The action also was taken in response to a recommendation made by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International during the department’s recent accreditation process.

Diesel exhaust direct source capture systems are considered to be the most effective way to capture exhaust gases and airborne particulates, Gaul said. Using a snap-on hose that connects directly to each vehicle’s tailpipe, emissions are vented to the outdoors. The hose detaches automatically when the emergency vehicle exits the station. Previously, exhaust was vented through a fan and vent system.

Installation of the new systems took place at Station 42, located at 45 W. Whipp Rd., Station 43 at 10499 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, and Station 44 at 6690 Centerville Business Parkway. The direct source capture systems were installed at Stations 41 and 45 in 2014 with help from a $64,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant.