During the fire three years ago, our early fire detection system ensured that we could get back up and running again after only six hours. We are now investing a further € 740,000 in extending the fire protection at our Reichenfels site. The local fire brigade will profit from this too.
Building work on the new extinguishing system got under way back in February. It comprises a 450,000 litre tank to hold water for fire-fighting, an underground feed line for a total of 1,000 sprinklers, a pump container including a pump with diesel generator set, and a valve station to distribute the water in an emergency. In the event of an alarm, the pressure in the piping falls and the diesel pump is started automatically by the pressure switch. The alarm bell sounds when the alarm valve station is opened. The system then notifies the fire brigade automatically. Thomas Ebner, Sales Manager at Siemens, the company responsible for planning, engineering and realising the project: “The automatic fire alarm system puts the company very near the bottom of the fire detection curve.” In other words, fires are detected at an extremely early stage. Work on the fire protection system should be concluded by the end of the year. The fire brigade in Reichenfels will also profit from the system on its completion. Johann Alfred Weinberger: “We will provide our fire brigade in Reichenfels with 150,00 litres of the 450,000 litres of water in the tank to fight fires near our company premises.”