“In October last year, we signed a contract of donation which contributed to the purchase of a new firefighting vehicle and I am pleased it was possible to produce and deliver the appliance so quickly,” adds Tomáš Herink, a member of the Board of Directors of the Unipetrol Group who is responsible, among other things, for health protection and procedural safety management and the corporate fire brigade.
The new fire engine is equipped with a pumping unit with a nominal output of 2,000 L/min. Considering the potential risk of flood-related incidents in the given area, it is built on a chassis with the wading depth of at least 750 mm when driving slowly in calm water. Technical life of the fire engine is at least 16 years in normal operation of a fire brigade unit with annual kilometrage of up to 10,000 km. The fire engine is fully functional throughout the entire period.
The voluntary fire brigade of the town of Litvínov was set up in 1999 and follows from a long tradition of firefighters in Litvínov whose parent organisation, Czech Corps of Voluntary Firefighters, was established in 1924. The unit currently has 14 members. It responds to emergency incidents in the administrative territory of the town of Litvínov (the municipality with expanded competences) and, when acting upon the instructions of the Fire Brigade Regional Operational and Information Centre, it attends emergencies in accordance with the Coverage Plan of the Ústí Region. It closely cooperates with all components of the integrated rescue system in the administrative territory of Litvínov. Its partners include the Fire Rescue Service of the Ústí Region and the corporate fire brigade of Unipetrol which is in charge of safety services on the premises of the chemical plant in Záluží u Litvínova and is actively involved in tackling dangerous situations also outside the site.