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Spolana firefighters to use CZK 17 million aerial platform also for deployments outside the company site

16-06-2021  

Spolana chemical plant’s Fire Rescue Service has a new aerial platform worth CZK 17 million. The vehicle on a Scania P440 chassis with a Bronto F42RPX Skylift has a reach of 42 vertical metres. It enables direct extinguishing from the rescue cage. The platform is equipped with a stretcher carrier standardly used by the Emergency Medical Services without moving the injured person any further. The rescue cage’s above-standard equipment includes a remote-controlled thermal camera to detect hidden fire sources. The firefighters started using their existing platform in the 1990s. Every year, the firefighters attend tens of interventions, assistance deployments and false alarms inside and outside the company with more than 700 employees. The total investment in upgrading the firefighting equipment amounted to almost CZK 36 million in the past two years.

“The Bronto firefighting platform on a Scania chassis will be replacing the thirty-year-old machine that has served us well. We have been renewing our fleet to upgrade Spolana Fire Rescue Service’s equipment for two years now. Last year, we expanded it with two large-capacity Scania fire trucks. Investments in upgrading our firefighting equipment totalled CZK 18.5 million in 2020 and an additional CZK 17 million this year,” Spolana executive Piotr Kearney said at the ceremonial handover of the vehicle. The Bronto F42RPX aerial platform is equipped with a three-piece telescopic and articulated arm that is highly flexible and enables to intervene at 42 vertical metres; its horizontal range exceeds 23 metres.

On deployments outside the chemical plant, Spolana firefighters help extinguish fires and rescue people in the district of Mělník. Still, due to the inclusion of the unit in the integrated rescue system, they and their equipment can also be deployed anywhere in the Czech Republic. “I believe that our firefighters will maximise their possibilities of responding to hard-to-access fires at elevation with their new equipment, not only at Spolana but also in the region and in the entire Czech Republic. I will be delighted if this new platform works as reliably as our Fire Rescue Service at Spolana,” added Piotr Kearney.

“Our current Tatra T815 platform is already below today’s equipment standards for professional fire and rescue units. Therefore, we decided to purchase a new one. Now we have 11 fire trucks and a Bronto platform. By acquiring the equipment, we have improved our flexibility, especially when we need to ensure the safety of individual operations during hazardous work, as well as in the case of fire-and-rescue operations at elevation,” says Martin Tomi, commander of Spolana’s Fire Rescue Service. Last year alone, the firefighters responded to 17 fires, 30 hazardous-material leaks, and 15 rescues of both humans and animals. They provided technical assistance in 299 cases and assisted 436 times during hazardous work. They also answered 17 false alarms.

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SPOLANA s.r.o. is one of the largest chemical manufacturing companies in the Czech Republic. The only manufacturer of PVC and caprolactam also produces ammonium sulphate and sulphuric acid. It currently employs over 700 people. Spolana has been owned by ORLEN Unipetrol since 2016. The ORLEN Unipetrol Group is the largest refining and petrochemical company in the Czech Republic. It focuses on crude oil processing and production, distribution and sale of fuels and petrochemical products – mainly plastics and fertilisers. It is one of the major players in the Czech and Central European markets in all these areas. The ORLEN Unipetrol group includes refineries and production plants in Litvínov and Kralupy nad Vltavou, Paramo with the Mogul brand in Pardubice, the Spolana company in Neratovice, and two research centres in Litvínov and Brno. ORLEN Unipetrol also includes the ORLEN Benzina petrol station network in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. With 420 outlets, Benzina ORLEN is the largest chain in the Czech Republic. With 20 sites in Slovakia, it is the fastest-growing network since 2019. ORLEN Unipetrol is one of the largest companies in the Czech Republic in terms of turnover. In 2019, it earned CZK 129 billion and employed more than 4,800 people. In addition to its business development, ORLEN Unipetrol is proud to be a socially responsible corporation. Therefore, it pays an equal amount of attention to initiatives, focusing on the cultivation and support of sustainable development, education, local communities, and the environment. In 2005, ORLEN Unipetrol became part of the PKN Orlen Group, the largest oil processor in Central Europe.

Contact details: Pavel Kaidl, spokesperson, telephone: +420 736 502 520, e-mail: pavel.kaidl@unipetrol.cz

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