Diesel Particulate Matter and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Fire Stations

This research describes air contamination in fire stations, primarily that due to standard vehicle movements and equipment testing activity. The authors measured concentrations of diesel particulate matter and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons within the fire station work and living areas in eight fire stations in Queensland, Australia. They found that operation of fire appliances and mechanical equipment during the start of each shift’s checks contributed more strongly to overall engine bay diesel particulate matter concentrations than when fire trucks departed and returned throughout the shift. They also found that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were transported further into the living environments than was diesel particulate matter. The authors conclude with a discussion of strategies to reduce firefighter exposure to these emissions pollutants in the fire station environment. Strategies could include: improving engine bay ventilation; improving vehicle exhaust design and controls; reviewing start-of-shift procedures and frequency; and minimizing air movement between the engine bay and other areas of the fire station, particularly the living quarters.


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  • Accession Number: 01681698
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 16 2018 3:42PM