Fire stations get grant for vehicle exhaust removal

ARLINGTON Arlington Fire Stations 46 and 47 will soon be saving the city time, energy and money, thanks in part to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
On Jan. 7, the City Council accepted Weidner and Associates proposal for their vehicle exhaust removal systems in the two fire stations. City of Arlington Capital Projects Manager Paul Ellis placed the total cost for the systems in both stations at $69,449, all of which would be covered by the FEMA grant.
Ellis explained the benefits of setting up a system to remove vehicle exhaust from the fire stations.
Currently, when firefighters respond to a call, they push a button to open a door, but exhaust from the vehicles still builds up in the short time that theyre waiting for the door to open, so fans are used to remove that exhaust from the building, Ellis said. The problem is that those fans also remove the buildings heat, so were paying to reheat the entire building every time.
The new system will install ducts on the ceiling, with hoses leading down to the exhaust pipes of the vehicles. The systems heat sensors will detect when the vehicles have started and automatically start sucking the exhaust directly out of their exhaust pipes.
Its calibrated so that, as soon as the vehicles start to move, the hoses detach themselves, Ellis said. It also puts the hoses up and out of the way when theyre not in use.
To accommodate changes in equipment and vehicle parking, the hoses will also slide on ceiling-mounted tracks, so they can be repositioned.
FEMA was willing to pay for it, said Ellis, who noted that an additional $30,000 FEMA grant had secured the city a trailer-mounted power generator.
The longest part of this process seems to be submitting the paperwork and ordering the materials, which Ellis estimated would take until mid-February. Once those steps are complete, though, he predicted the installation should only take two weeks.

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